Cartagena cruises

With a fascinating history dating back 3,000 years the natural harbour of Cartagena is a major naval port due to its unique position on the Mediterranean coast. A stroll amidst Cartagena’s more recent modernista-style architecture- all flamboyant curves, ornate balconies and striking mosaics- may make the ideal prelude to an asiático, the local liqueur coffee.

Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Cartagena Tapas Trail

    Work up an appetite on this walking tour of Cartagena’s sights and Tapas bars.

    Cartagena Tapas Trail

    One of Cartagena’s greatest treasures is its colourful and cultural cuisine.

    Enjoy a leisurely walk along the city’s seafront with your guide as you head towards the historical Old Town. Here you will view some of Cartagena’s most famous sights, including the Palace Hall, Maritime Wall and impressive modernist buildings.

    Along the way you will stop at five local Tapas bars, At each venue, the chef will have prepared traditional tapas of the day which may include Albondigas, Spanish omelette, local cheeses or jamon for you to sample, accompanied by a glass of sangria, wine or a soft drink to wash it all down.

    Your final stop on the tour will be at the recently restored Roman Theatre of Carthago Nova, where you will have some time inside for taking photographs, before walking back to the ship.



    This excursion will operate entirely on foot, therefore flat, comfortable shoes are recommended.

    Tour code

    CGN_012

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • La Manga Beach Transfer

    Relax and unwind whilst experiencing one of the best beaches in Spain.

    La Manga Beach Transfer

    Travel to one of the main summer resorts in Spain, La Manga del Mar Menor where you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy the Spanish coast’s sandy beaches and incredibly inviting blue waters; the perfect setting to relax and soak up some sunshine in true Mediterranean style.



    BEACH/WATER RELATED EXCURSIONS
    For any excursion involving water, guests are reminded to exercise particular care. Alcohol and eating a full meal should be avoided before swimming. If buoyancy aids are provided for an activity they must be worn at all times. You should bear in mind that the sea is unpredictable. Lifeguards are unlikely to be present and there may not be a flag system to indicate whether or not it is safe to go in the water. In addition, beach activities may not be supervised or accompanied and so you should take care to satisfy yourself as to the safety of the beach and/or the sea at the time of your excursion. Please exercise caution when entering the sea as the seabed and aquatic environment is capable of springing surprises and we have not inspected the beach or seabed for its safety. Children must be supervised by you at all times near water. All activities on the beach, water and in the sea are undertaken at your own risk. You’ll need to take swimwear, a towel, sunscreen and flat shoes that can be worn in the water.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion will operate by coach. Guests are required to bring a towel, sun protection and plenty of drinking water. Please note that sun beds and umbrellas are available to hire locally, but these cannot be guaranteed as numbers are limited. Generally this beach does not offer watersports, however, if there are independent suppliers on the beach on the day of your call, these are provided by parties unconnected to Cunard. The transfer time to La Manga is approximately 40 minutes each way. In the event of high winds an alternative beach may be used.

    Tour code

    CGN_010

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Cartagena by Segway

    Glide around this beautiful city in style, visiting its most famous landmarks and charming hidden corners by Segway.

    Cartagena by Segway

    Join your knowledgeable Segway instructor at the quayside and following a training session you’ll head off on your Segway for an enjoyable ride around the city.

    One of the world’s greatest cities in ancient times, Cartagena was founded in 227 BC and has long been one of the most important naval seaports in the Western Mediterranean. The diversity of the people who’ve occupied the city throughout the centuries is evident in the architecture and you’re likely to see Roman, Byzantine and Moorish influences, as well as many examples of Art Nouveau buildings, which were built by the bourgeoisie of the early 20th century.

    As you glide smoothly through the streets, your guide will point out famous landmarks and you’ll visit hidden, charming corners of the city.



    This tour carries a weight restriction of minimum six stone and maximum 18 stone. Children under ten and pregnant women may not participate. This tour is only suitable for those in good physical condition; it is not suitable for those with injuries or conditions, which may be affected by a bumpy ride. Flat, closed toe shoes are essential. It is recommended that guests carry a bottle of water and wear sun protection. Helmets are provided and must be worn. Before you book this excursion you must refer to the ‘Activity Excursion’ paragraph under the Guide to Symbols in this brochure.

    Tour code

    CGN_016

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    1½ hours

  • Complete Cartagena

    Exciting new centres and museums give an entertaining insight into the chequered past of Cartagena.

    Complete Cartagena

    The fascinating Centre of Cartagena History is situated in the Tower of Homage, one of the few buildings that remain from the Castle of Conception. Here, up-to-date technology helps you to enjoy a relaxing ‘journey’ through the different civilisations that thrived here. Enjoy panoramic views over the city and over the site of the Roman Theatre, discovered by chance in 1897.

    Enter the Punic world in The Interpretation Centre of the Punic Wall, which protects the remains of the wall once used to defend Cartagena. An informative audio-visual presentation will highlight the Punic Wars from the viewpoint of one of the characters. A visit will be made to the 16th century crypt to see the now faint frescoes of Death, the Great Leveller; dancing on the Papal Crown.

    The Roman period is well represented by two visits beneath the modern city. The Decumano and El Molinete Hill will show you a tract on the main Roman thoroughfare, lined with the remains of the ancient thermal baths and shops.



    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Please note that three hours of walking is involved on this tour. The order of highlights may vary.

    Tour code

    CGN_001

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    5 hours

  • Murcia On Your Own

    Experience independent exploration in Murcia, the city known as ‘Europe’s agricultural orchard’.

    Murcia On Your Own

    Spain’s 7th largest city, Murcia, was founded by Abd ar-Rahman II, the emir of Cordoba, in 825 AD. Originally given the name Mursiyah, it is now primarily a university town, well known for its varied landscapes, architecture and agriculture.

    Following a scenic coach transfer, you will arrive in the city, where you will have around three hours of free time to independently explore at your leisure.

    Admire an array of highlights, including the Cathedral of Murcia and the Bishop’s Palace, both situated in the Plaza Cardinal Belluga. Experience the extravagance of the baroque buildings which stand tall within the town square, known as The Glorieta.

    Enjoy a relaxing stroll along the banks of the Segura River, before taking the time to sample a selection of the renowned local cuisine. This fascinating city is known internationally for its long standing agricultural tradition as a producer of fresh flowers, fruits and vegetables.



    This tour is non-guided and does not include any meals, refreshments or entrance fees. Passengers are advised to carry Euros for local purchases. The drive to Murcia takes approximately one hour each way. Please note that some shops may close in the afternoon for siesta.

    Tour code

    CGN_014

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    5½ hours

  • A Tale of Two Cities

    Sample some of ‘real’ Spain with a visit to the charming provincial capital of Murcia, rounded off with a walking tour of Cartagena.

    A Tale of Two Cities

    Delve into the heart of the Old Quarter at Murcia with a visit to the 13th century Cathedral, the façade of which is considered to be one of the best examples of baroque architecture in Spain. The interior of the late Gothic ‘Velez Chapel’, with its stone tracery, is sure to impress.

    Enjoy a refreshment before visiting the Sanctuary of the Fuensanta, one of the region’s most revered religious sanctuaries. Of particular note are the frescoes on the interior of the dome, depicting the yearly pilgrimage of the statue of the Virgin.

    A panoramic walking tour of Cartagena, beautifully situated on the superb natural harbour, starts off with a stroll past the monument to the Heroes of Cavite and the Town Hall. Admire the 18th century doorway of the casino and the delightful modernist houses. Hear of the history behind the Roman Theatre and its commemorative descriptions.



    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Guests are advised that during this tour there is approximately three hours of walking with some steps to negotiate.

    Tour code

    CGN_002

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    5 hours

  • Panoramic Cartagena

    Experience the scenery and history of Cartagena and its surrounding countryside from the comfort of your coach.

    Panoramic Cartagena

    Sit back and relax as you drive south through the Murcian countryside to the once thriving mining town of La Unión. The Romans were the first people to begin extracting minerals from the mines here and with a landscape that is laced with zinc, iron, lead and pyrite you will have some stunning photograph opportunities.

    Cartagena was founded by the Phoencians in 227BC but flourished as part of the Roman Empire, when it was known as Cathargo Nova. Around the city there is an abundance of Phonecian, Roman, Byzantine and Moorish remains and as your city panorama continues around Town Hall Square and Calle Mayor, (main street) you will see the contrasting architecture.

    One of the most interesting remains of the city is the Roman Theatre Museum. Once inside, enjoy a guided walk around the museum and learn more about the many influences that the inhabitants of this important region had. For those who don’t wish to walk, there is an option to watch a DVD about the museum and Roman Theatre while you wait for the rest of the group to return.



    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 40 minutes of optional walking at the Roman Theatre Museum. The order of sights may vary.

    Tour code

    CGN_013

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Discover Mazarrón & Little Train

    Explore the beautiful port of Mazarrón, see the fascinating Bolnuevo erosions and visit the 4th century Roman Salting Factory.

    Discover Mazarrón & Little Train

    After a scenic coach ride, you’ll arrive in the port of Mazarrón in the heart of Murcia’s Costa Cálida, on the shores of the glistening Mediterranean Sea.

    The Bay of Mazarrón is overlooked by the foothills of the Sierra de la Almenara, a mining region since the Carthaginian era. Over 35 km of beaches, unspoiled coves and rocky sea beds make this area ideal for relaxing in the sun, enjoying water sports and sampling the local gastronomy.

    Hopping aboard the trolley train, you’ll cruise by the beautiful bay and see some of the best loved sights in the area, which is known for its rich artistic heritage. The ‘enchanted landscape’ of the Bolnuevo erosions is sure to pique your curiosity. This peaceful place is dotted with mesmerising sandstone ‘monuments’ which have been sculpted by the wind, rain and sea over the course of millions of years. Be sure to have your camera at the ready.

    Exploring the Archaeological Museum and Roman Salting Factory, you’ll learn about the processes used in the 4th and 5th centuries to preserve seafood and the importance of fishing to Roman industry.

    After finishing your tour of the museum, you’ll have some free time to enjoy Mazarrón before your coach departs for your ship.



    This tour is mostly operated by coach and trolley train, but the tour of the Archaeological Museum and Roman Salting Factory is on foot.

    Tour code

    CGN_020

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • Caravaca de la Cruz

    Discover the fascinating history of the Fifth Holy City of Catholic Christianity and enjoy a delicious three course lunch.

    Caravaca de la Cruz

    Enjoy a scenic coach journey as you head to Caravaca de la Cruz, the Fifth Holy City of Catholic Christianity.

    On arrival, you’ll be greeted by the impressive sight of the Castle of Santa Cruz, which dominates the city. After a short ‘train ride’ up the steep hill, you’ll reach the amazing landmark, built by the Knights Templar in the 15th century. The Sanctuary of Vera Cruz, with its stunning Baroque façade made from local marble, houses the Museum of Religious Art and History. Step inside and discover Caravaca’s colourful religious heritage, influenced by many cultures and the diversity of the people who’ve inhabited the city since the Middle Ages.

    So many of Caravaca’s beautiful buildings, such as the Church of El Salvador and the Town Hall, will have you reaching for your camera. Stroll through Plaza del Arco and stop to purchase a refreshing drink or snack in a shady spot outside a café, or do a little souvenir shopping.

    Next you’ll head to the Museum of the Fiesta to learn about the world-famous Wine Horse Festival and the story behind it – a fascinating legend from the 15th century.

    All that exploring will have no doubt worked up an appetite, so sit back reflect on a fascinating visit during a leisurely three-course meal of regional dishes in a local restaurant.



    This tour will operate by coach, train and on foot. This tour includes several hours of walking over some uneven ground including steps. The Journey to Caravaca de la Cruz is approximately 1½ hours each way. Comfortable, flat, walking shoes are recommended. Euros will be required to purchase souvenirs.

    Tour code

    CGN_017

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    8 hours

  • Alicante On Your Own

    Independently explore Alicante, one of the Costa Blanca’s most popular cities, with this convenient transfer service.

    Alicante On Your Own

    Spend a full day in Alicante, with free time to independently explore at your leisure.

    Visit the Castle of Santa Barbara, situated on Mount Benacantil, stroll through the charming Old Quarter taking in the Town Hall and St Nicholas Cathedral, or admire the quaint streets of the Barrio Santa Cruz (the Holy Cross Quarter).

    Perhaps you would prefer to simply sit and relax, watching the world go by as you sip a refreshing ‘horchata’ in the shade of the swaying palm trees which line the exquisite ‘Esplanada de Espana’. For those who love to shop, a visit to the famous El Corte Inglés department store is a must.

    Treat yourself to a leisurely luncheon of delicious seafood paella, whilst enjoying the view over the yacht harbour, or perhaps head down to the beach for some sunshine and a swim.

    This truly is a day to spend as you wish, surrounded by culture, cuisine and the crystal clear Mediterranean Sea.



    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. An English speaking escort will give a commentary during your journey to Alicante and provide any information you may require to help you enjoy your day to the full. A map and information booklet will be provided to help you plan your time. Please note no meals, refreshments or entrance fees are included. The transfer to Alicante takes approximately 1¾ hours each way.

    Tour code

    CGN_004

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    8 hours