Cartagena

Pretty cobbled streets
Pirates!
Fortresses

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Cartagena

Beauty without equal

Step off your Caribbean cruise and step into history, in the port of Cartagena in Colombia. 

Cobbled streets, balconies overflowing with blooming bougainvillea and pastel-coloured buildings lining the elegant plazas, make Cartagena one of Latin America's most photogenic cities. Founded in 1533, this Spanish colonial city is steeped in history. Its location made it a popular port for plunderers and pirates but today the city is quick to give up its treasures to modern visitors.

Signs of the city's pirating past can be seen on every corner. The best example is Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas – built to fend off pillagers, it is the city's largest fortress and one of the strongest forts ever created by the Spaniards during their colonial period. Other forts, dating from the sixteenth century, make a worthwhile visit and we highly recommend the Cartagena City Tour, which will suit history buffs and shopaholics alike.

Other great deals on local attractions and not-to-be-missed sightseeing packages are covered in our Panoramic Bay Tour.

For a unique day out, you can choose to spend your day away from the ship and travel back in time as you board a majestic seventeenth century galleon and relive the sights and sounds of yesteryear. Imagine sighting a ship on the horizon. The flag’s Spanish and it’s riding low in the water, the hold bound to be full of plundered Inca gold. Time to hoist the Jolly Roger and set full sail to plunder the plunderers!

Nature lovers, meanwhile, can leave the swashbuckling to others and take in a Mangroves Ecological Tour, where the natural treasures of the region are available for all to enjoy.

Must see places in Cartagena

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  • EXPERIENCE MAKING JEWELRY WITH EMERALDS

    KULTUR OCH HISTORIA
      • Svårighetsgrad: Lätt – Kan innehålla ett mindre antal trappsteg, ojämna ytor och/eller längre perioder där man måste stå upp

        Svårighetsgrad
        Svårighetsgrad: Lätt – Kan innehålla ett mindre antal trappsteg, ojämna ytor och/eller längre perioder där man måste stå upp

      • Längd
        4 h

      • Adults price starting fromSEK770per person

      • Childrens price starting fromSEK543per person

      CAR10

      For a unique chance to make your own emerald cruise memento in sterling silver and leave friends at home feeling just a little green with envy, you can do no better than to join this fully guided tour to the Caribbean School of Jewellery, which is fully approved and endorsed by the country’s Education Ministry. Aided by an experienced instructor in the use of the various tools and how to go about making your piece, you will then begin the process of crafting your very own emerald-studded bling in 925 sterling silver. Next to an informative 15-minute presentation about how Colombian emeralds are extracted and cut, your 3-hour stay also includes instruction on how to melt the silver and help in making the item of jewellery of your choice, either a ring, pendant, a pair of earrings or a bracelet. When class is dismissed, you will not only receive a certificate of your newly found jewellery-making prowess, the item of jewellery that you made. Enjoy a paSWEamic view of the Old City on your way back to the port.
    • OLD CITY OF CARTAGENA AT YOUR LEISURE

      KULTUR OCH HISTORIA
      • Begränsat antal platser

      • Svårighetsgrad: Medel – Kan innehålla uppförsbackar, trappsteg, ojämna ytor och/eller längre perioder där man måste stå upp

        Svårighetsgrad
        Svårighetsgrad: Medel – Kan innehålla uppförsbackar, trappsteg, ojämna ytor och/eller längre perioder där man måste stå upp

      • Längd
        3 h

      • Adults price starting fromSEK353per person

      • Childrens price starting fromSEK254per person

      CAR11

      Boasting a history that can be traced back to its foundation in 1533, modern-day Cartagena presents itself as a city of contrasts. Featuring visits to both the old walled part of the city – a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1984 – and its more modern quarters, this tour will show you some of Cartagena’s best must-sees. After your coach takes you through the upmarket La Manga residential area, known for its exclusive mansions and impressive villas, and past the mid-17th-century Castillo de San Felipe, you’ll be dropped off at La Marina Park and left to explore the beautiful walled city at your leisure. Soak up the historical vibe as you walk down old alleyways lined with the loveliest colonial buildings – and keep your camera at hand to take some photos to show your friends at home. As you stroll through history with ancient plazas at every turn, you might even find an authentically Colombian memento in one of the quarter’s myriad shops. At the appointed time, you’ll pick up your coach again at the drop-off point for a drive through the modern residential districts of Bocagrande and Castillogrande, located on a small peninsula just to the south of the walled city. From quaint old lanes to modern commerce, glitzy shops, restaurants and grand hotels: the contrast between the two worlds couldn’t be more dramatic. Your tour then draws to a relaxing close with the brief return drive to the pier and your ship. Please note: the drop-off point (La Marina Park) is also the point at which guests must pick up the coach again to return to the ship.
    • ECOLOGICAL TOUR & MANGROVES SWAMP
      TUNNELS

      NATURLIGA UNDERVERK
      • Inklusive dryck

      • Svårighetsgrad: Lätt – Kan innehålla ett mindre antal trappsteg, ojämna ytor och/eller längre perioder där man måste stå upp

        Svårighetsgrad
        Svårighetsgrad: Lätt – Kan innehålla ett mindre antal trappsteg, ojämna ytor och/eller längre perioder där man måste stå upp

      • Längd
        3 h

      • Adults price starting fromSEK534per person

      • Childrens price starting fromSEK381per person

      CAR05

      Your tour starts with a paSWEamic view of the San Felipe de Barajas Fortress, situated outside the walled city. This monumental fort is considered to be the most outstanding feat of Spanish military engineering in the new world. Its construction began in 1536 and lasted for 121 years. After a quick drive through the narrow street of the walled city, you will continue to the Mangroves area. There you will be taken by canoe through mangroves tunnels to the Cienaga de la Virgen. A great diversity of birds such as the Kingsfisher, White heron, Common Laura, Pink Spatula and Pelicans live in this area. Enjoy the beautiful flora and fauna that encompasses this fascinating eco-system.
    • Cartagena Hop On Hop Off

      NATURSKÖNA VÄGAR
      • Begränsat antal platser

      • Svårighetsgrad: Lätt – Kan innehålla ett mindre antal trappsteg, ojämna ytor och/eller längre perioder där man måste stå upp

        Svårighetsgrad
        Svårighetsgrad: Lätt – Kan innehålla ett mindre antal trappsteg, ojämna ytor och/eller längre perioder där man måste stå upp

      • Längd
        15 h

      • Adults price starting fromSEK353per person

      • Childrens price starting fromSEK353per person

      CAR13

      Cartagena Hop On Hop Off
    • CARTAGENA BY HORSE & CARRIAGE

      NÅGOT SPECIELLT
        • Svårighetsgrad: Lätt – Kan innehålla ett mindre antal trappsteg, ojämna ytor och/eller längre perioder där man måste stå upp

          Svårighetsgrad
          Svårighetsgrad: Lätt – Kan innehålla ett mindre antal trappsteg, ojämna ytor och/eller längre perioder där man måste stå upp

        • Längd
          3 h

        • Adults price starting fromSEK534per person

        • Childrens price starting fromSEK381per person

        CAR09

        After leaving the ship, your guided tour of Cartagena begins with a photo stop at San Felipe Fortress, the largest example of Spanish military engineering in South America. Your coach then continues on to the Plaza Santa Teresa, from where you will pick up the horse and carriage that will be waiting for you. As you make your sedate way through cobblestoned streets and squares inside the walled city, you will have plenty of time to admire small details like flower-filled balconies or the glint of light escaping from colonial mansions just as much as the big things, such as the fine old buildings, many Iberian in style, and the general sense of majestic grandeur characteristic of this ancient city. A half-hour shopping break at Las Bóvedas – Cartagena’s former dungeons now turned retail haven – then follows. A paSWEamic sightseeing tour of modern Cartagena rounds off your tour before you head back to the port and your ship.
      • CHIVA PARTY BUS

        NÅGOT SPECIELLT
        • Inklusive dryck

        • Begränsat antal platser

        • Svårighetsgrad: Medel – Kan innehålla uppförsbackar, trappsteg, ojämna ytor och/eller längre perioder där man måste stå upp

          Svårighetsgrad
          Svårighetsgrad: Medel – Kan innehålla uppförsbackar, trappsteg, ojämna ytor och/eller längre perioder där man måste stå upp

        • Längd
          3 h

        • Adults price starting fromSEK534per person

        • Childrens price starting fromSEK381per person

        CAR12

        This entertaining party-and-sightseeing tour begins as soon as you board the chiva bus at the pier and continues until the moment you return. Chiva buses – open-sided vehicles painted every colour under the sun – were once used to provide public transport in rural areas, but have since been given a new lease on life. An open bar on board the bus and non-stop local papayera and vallenato music ensure the mood is relaxed throughout as you make your way around the major sights. Brief photo stops are scheduled at San Felipe Fortress, the bay of Manga, the bottom of La Popa hill, the districts of El Centro, Bocagrande and El Laguito, the 16th-century Castillo San Felipe de Barajas as well as Cartagena’s old quarter with the vaults of Las Bóvedas. A longer stop, with time for you to stretch your legs, enjoy refreshments and local entertainment or dance to the music on the bus, is also planned at the historical Fortress of Santa Catalina. A final break is then included at the Las Bóvedas Artisan Centre, where you can browse the handicrafts and shop for a souvenir before the chiva takes you back to the pier. By the way, each bus has its own peculiar nickname so be sure to find out what yours is called before you re-board your ship. Please note: guests must be at least 12 years of age to take part. Children must be accompanied by a paying adult throughout the tour and under their constant supervision at all times. Guests wishing to drink alcohol must be at least 21 years of age. Guests are recommended to wear light, comfortable clothing and comfortable shoes or sandals.
      • COLOMBIAN COFFEE EXPERIENCE &
        GRADUATION IN OLD CARTAGENA

        NÅGOT SPECIELLT
        • Begränsat antal platser

        • Svårighetsgrad: Lätt – Kan innehålla ett mindre antal trappsteg, ojämna ytor och/eller längre perioder där man måste stå upp

          Svårighetsgrad
          Svårighetsgrad: Lätt – Kan innehålla ett mindre antal trappsteg, ojämna ytor och/eller längre perioder där man måste stå upp

        • Längd
          3:30 h

        • Adults price starting fromSEK534per person

        • Childrens price starting fromSEK381per person

        CAR14

        Even if you’re not a bit of a budding barista, this entertaining tour of fabulous fortress views and a special coffee-appreciation experience at an award-winning Colombian estate is sure to appeal. Leaving the walled city, you’ll first be able to savour views of the 16th-/17th-century San Felipe de Barajas, a huge fort that took more than 100 years to build and is considered to be an outstanding feat of Spanish military engineering in the New World. You’ll then continue on to the estate for your coffee experience. After finding out how the raw beans – green to start with – are processed and roasted, you’ll also be able to sample some of the black nectar, prepared using three different brewing methods. Be prepared for three surprising and distinct flavour profiles – sour, salty, sweet – during this “Coffee Baptism” and return to the ship a true coffee connoisseur. Please note: this tour is not recommended for guests with high blood pressure or who are sensitive to caffeine.
      • OLD CARTAGENA, FOLKLORIC SHOW &
        SHOPPING

        NÅGOT SPECIELLT
          • Svårighetsgrad: Lätt – Kan innehålla ett mindre antal trappsteg, ojämna ytor och/eller längre perioder där man måste stå upp

            Svårighetsgrad
            Svårighetsgrad: Lätt – Kan innehålla ett mindre antal trappsteg, ojämna ytor och/eller längre perioder där man måste stå upp

          • Längd
            4 h

          • Adults price starting fromSEK589per person

          • Childrens price starting fromSEK417per person

          CAR08

          This fascinating tour of the magnificent city of Cartagena de Indias, includes a tour of the historic colonial city and a beautiful show of Colombian music and dance at the painstakingly restored Heredia Theatre. Your tour starts with a paSWEamic view of the San Felipe de Barajas Fortress, situated outside the walled city. This monumental fort is considered to be the most outstanding feat of Spanish military engineering in the new world. On entering the walled city you will make 10 minutes stop for photographs at the San Francisco Gun Battery and you will then have the opportunity to encounter the 16th Century first hand with the city’s beautifully preserved colonial Houses, Churches, Plazas and Museums. A visit to San Pedro Claver Cloister and Monastery built in homage to the protector of slaves, serves as a reminder of the turbulent past of Cartagena. The ornate and very beautiful Heredia Theater was built in 1911 from the ruins of the old Mercy Church to commemorate the Centenary of the independence of Colombia from Spain and has been restored as a cultural centre for theatrical and musical performances. Here a folk show of music and dance will be presented by local artists in the main auditorium. The show consists of 5 beautiful dances of three important regions of Colombia such as the Atlantic Coast (Cumbia), the Pacific Coast (Currulao and Abosao), and from Los Andes region (the Market Place and the Indian Legend). You will then continue your tour to Bocagrande, the modern part of Cartagena, with its Shopping Center, Pierino Gallo, where you will be able to browse and shop for the world famous Colombian Emeralds before returning to the pier.
        • CARTAGENA CITY TOUR

          STADSUTFLYKT
            • Svårighetsgrad: Medel – Kan innehålla uppförsbackar, trappsteg, ojämna ytor och/eller längre perioder där man måste stå upp

              Svårighetsgrad
              Svårighetsgrad: Medel – Kan innehålla uppförsbackar, trappsteg, ojämna ytor och/eller längre perioder där man måste stå upp

            • Längd
              4 h

            • Adults price starting fromSEK534per person

            • Childrens price starting fromSEK381per person

            CAR01

            Explore the city of Cartagena, which has a reputation as impenetrable after the construction of its impressive fortress. Departing from the pier, you will pass by the “Republican” architecture of Manga residential area. Your first stop, La Popa Monastery, built during the 17th century and dedicated to Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria, one of the city’s patron saints, enjoy the splendid view over the city and visit the small chapel. Continue to a photo stop at the Fort of San Felipe de Barajas, the most important work of Spanish Military engineering in South America. Las Bovedas Artisan Center is next, built as dungeons and as a means of storage, today local artisans display their work there you will enjoy handicraft shopping. Wander the narrow cobblestone streets and squares inside the walled city, marvel with the majestic view of San Pedro Claver, the patron saint of slaves, Plaza and church . Plaza de Bolívar is the next stop and features a statue of its namesake. Across the street we find the Inquisition Palace, the Inquisition was established in Cartagena in the year 1610 to punish any crimes against the Catholic faith. Located in this building you can see samples of jails and torture chambers. The sentencing ceremony used to take place in public, in the middle of the plaza. Continue on to the Gold Museum, enjoy viewing the impressive selection of exquisite gold pieces and pottery, as well as exhibits relating to the history of the Sinú, an ancient native people. Last stop at Pierino Gallo Shopping Center around 45 minutes to shop before returning to the ship. Please note: The sightseeing portion in the old town requires extended periods of walking and standing.
          • CARTAGENA WALKING TOUR

            STADSUTFLYKT
              • Svårighetsgrad: Medel – Kan innehålla uppförsbackar, trappsteg, ojämna ytor och/eller längre perioder där man måste stå upp

                Svårighetsgrad
                Svårighetsgrad: Medel – Kan innehålla uppförsbackar, trappsteg, ojämna ytor och/eller längre perioder där man måste stå upp

              • Längd
                3 h

              • Adults price starting fromSEK444per person

              • Childrens price starting fromSEK317per person

              CAR04

              The tour departs from the pier in air conditioned buses, passing by the traditional district of Manga to admire the beautiful houses of the Republican Period. The walking tour starts at SANTIAGO´S BASTION. Visitors will go down the ramp and take San Juan de Dios Street, admiring the charming colonial architecture of the area and finish at the San Pedro Claver´s Plaza. The tour continues down towards Custom Plaza, which was the commercial centre during the colonial time. The walk will proceed to Plaza de la Proclamación to admire the Cathedral and the GoverSWE’s building, which in the colonial days was used as headquarters of the Spanish government. Plaza de Bolivar will be the next stop. The tour strolls down the street admiring the magnitude of the colonial mansions in the area ending at Santiago’s Bastion. From here, the tour continues by coach to Las Bóvedas, for a 15 min. shopping stop and then to a 15 min. sightseeing drive thru Bocagrande. On the way back to the pier, guests will make a brief stop at San Felipe de Baraja´s fort for a paSWEamic view. Please note: Not designed for wheelchair bound guests and walking problems at all. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
            • ROSARIO ISLAND TOUR WITH LUNCH

              STADSUTFLYKT
              • Inklusive lunch eller middag

              • Svårighetsgrad: Medel – Kan innehålla uppförsbackar, trappsteg, ojämna ytor och/eller längre perioder där man måste stå upp

                Svårighetsgrad
                Svårighetsgrad: Medel – Kan innehålla uppförsbackar, trappsteg, ojämna ytor och/eller längre perioder där man måste stå upp

              • Längd
                6 h

              • Adults price starting fromSEK905per person

              • Childrens price starting fromSEK634per person

              CAR06

              Enjoy a scenic speedboat ride from Cartagena to the Rosario Islands located 24 miles to the south of Cartagena. The Rosario Islands are composed of 27 islands, 3 of them belonging to the state and the other 24 totally private. The area is designated as a National Natural Park which is ideal for the development of coral reefs in its 55 kilometers of protected area with depths up to 90 feet. Your first stop will be at Isleta for a welcome beverage and fresh fruit. Next, you will sightsee around the islands by boat and visit the local aquarium at Isla de San Martin. Enjoy the show with the dolphins and sharks before returning to Isleta for lunch. This area is also the best for sSWEkeling, with coral reefs, sponges and many different kinds of fish to admire, or you may simply choose to relax and enjoy the beach area. Please note: Please wear your swimsuit and bring a towel, At the same time remember to bring your own sSWEkel gear which is not included.

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            Colombia

            A sophisticated colonial style
            A sophisticated colonial style

            Home to a traumatic but rich history, stunning scenery and some of the continent’s most welcoming and sophisticated people, Colombia is a natural draw for travellers to South America.

            Foreigners and Colombians alike are now far more able to explore this thrilling paradise of cloud- forested mountains, palm-fringed beaches and gorgeous colonial cities. The only country in South America to border both the Pacific and the Caribbean, Colombia offers a huge range of ecosystems, from the Amazon rainforest near Leticia to the snow-capped mountains of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and the tropical islands of San Andrés and Providencia. Cosmopolitan Bogotá is, like most capitals, a busy commercial centre, with a vibrant cultural scene and festive nightlife.

            The two other major cities, Medellín and Cali, are also lively but less overwhelming. Just a stone’s throw from the beach, the walled city of Cartagena is the biggest South American Spanish colonial port you will visit during your cruise to Colombia. A few hours east, the less scenic Santa Marta and fishing village of Taganga are near Parque Nacional Tayrona, whose picturesque sandy beaches are unrivalled.