Cartagena, Spain Luxury Cruises

The main port for the Murcia region of Spain, Cartagena is a historic town and an increasingly popular destination for cruise excursions. Now a firm favourite amongst both new and experienced cruisers, it’s a place where culture and history combine with culinary delights. Unlike some of the larger destinations you might visit on your cruise, Cartagena is a relaxing city. Numerous waterfront cafes are ideal places to sit and unwind, whilst a tourist bus provides easy access to the rest of the town and it’s most popular attractions.

Sightseeing in Cartagena

You’ll dock right in the heart of the town, which means that everything you need is within easy reach. The town is clean, quiet and well-maintained, perfect for tourists hoping to enjoy the Spanish sun and the town’s architectural marvels without dealing with the crowds and busy streets you usually associate with such popular tourist destinations. Everything exudes charm and characters, from the pretty little churches to the modernist houses designed by pupils of architect Gaudi. Here are a few attractions that you won’t want to miss on your first visit to Cartagena.

The Roman Theatre

Built between 5 BC and 1 BC, the Teatro Romano is by far the town’s most famous attraction. Despite falling to ruin, it’s still an impressive sight complete with some of the original decoration and carvings. Back when it was regularly used, the theatre could hold up to 6,000 spectators.

The Roman Theatre Museum

Close to the Roman Theatre, you’ll find a relatively new museum that was built to display the artefacts found on archaeological digs. Amongst the treasures are a collection of ancient glassware items and coins.

La Manga Club

If you’re looking for a more active way to spend your shore excursion, then you can make your way to La Manga Club and hire a tennis court or play a round of golf. If that’s too strenuous, opt instead for a spa treatment. The facilities are excellent, open to the public, and there are also bars and restaurants on site.

Shopping in Cartagena

Many people use their time in Cartagena to visit the famous Spanish department store El Corte Inglés. There, you’ll find everything you could possibly need from travel essentials, food and over-the-counter medication to clothes, electronics, perfumes and sports equipment. Aside from that, you’ll find that Cartagena has a number of smaller independent shops stocking local crafts and souvenirs, alongside luxury fashion boutiques selling designer clothes and accessories. Be sure to visit some of the many independent bookshops, and to stroll by the harbour where you’ll find street vendors selling gifts from their stands.

Eating out in Cartagena

Traditional Spanish cuisine is always on the menu in Cartagena. You’ll have no trouble finding seafood dishes and the servings are usually very substantial. Visitors will love authentic Spanish paella, usually served to share, accompanied by ice cold beers and glasses of wine.

As well as a variety of Spanish and Mediterranean restaurants, serving an abundance of vegetarian dishes alongside meat, fish and poultry, you’ll want to pay a visit to the Valor Chocolate Shop on Plaza del Ayuntamiento. There, not only can you buy luxury chocolates to take away but you can sit in and savour a chocolate cake or a plate of churros. It’s famous amongst cruisers, and the chocolate shop is the ideal place to buy souvenirs and gifts before returning to your ship.

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1 Rome (Civitavecchia) to Barcelona
17 July 2019 - 10 nights

Civitavecchia | Olbia, Sardinia | Porto Vecchio, Corsica | Florence/Livorno, Italy | Ile Rousse, Corsica, France | Antibes, France | Palma De Mallorca | Cartagena, Spain | Valencia | Barcelona more

Fly Cruise£4799pp
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2 Spanish Magic & Morocco
25 July 2019 - 11 nights

Barcelona | Valencia | Cádiz | Portimao | Tangier | Malaga, Spain | Cartagena, Spain | Ibiza | Cavalaire-sur-Mer, France | Monte Carlo, Monaco more

Fly Cruise£5139pp
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3 Classic Connoisseur - Rome to London
14 August 2019 - 14 nights

Civitavecchia | Florence/Livorno, Italy | Toulon, France | Barcelona | Cartagena, Spain | Malaga, Spain | Seville (Cadiz) | Lisbon | Oporto | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | St. Malo, France | Southampton more

Fly Cruise£3199pp
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4 Spanish Magic & Morocco
29 August 2019 - 11 nights

Barcelona | Valencia | Cádiz | Portimao | Tangier | Malaga, Spain | Cartagena, Spain | Ibiza | Cavalaire-sur-Mer, France | Monte Carlo, Monaco more

Fly Cruise£3989pp
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5 Mediterranean Magic & Malta
29 August 2019 - 21 nights

Barcelona | Valencia | Cádiz | Portimao | Tangier | Malaga, Spain | Cartagena, Spain | Ibiza | Cavalaire-sur-Mer, France | Monte Carlo, Monaco | Portoferraraio | Amalfi, Italy | Taormina (Sicily) | Mgarr (Victoria) | Valletta | Valletta | Golfo Aranci, Sardinia, Italy | St Raphael, France | Sete (for Carcassonne) | Barcelona more

Fly Cruise£8079pp
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6 Canaries & Cathedrals - Barcelona to Rome
19 September 2019 - 12 nights

Barcelona | Alicante | Granada | Lanzarote, Canary Islands | Santa Cruz, Tenerife | Las Palmas, Gran Canaria | Tangier | Cartagena, Spain | Monte Carlo, Monaco | Civitavecchia more

Fly Cruise£2949pp
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7 Spanish Autumn and Morocco
03 October 2019 - 11 nights

Barcelona | Valencia | Cádiz | Portimao | Tangier | Malaga, Spain | Cartagena, Spain | Ibiza | Saint-Florent, Corsica, France | Civitavecchia more

Fly Cruise£3989pp
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8 Spain Morocco Rivieras
12 October 2019 - 11 nights

Lisbon | Portimao | Tangier | Granada (Motril) | Cartagena, Spain | Frejus, France | Portofino, Italy | Monte Carlo, Monaco | Toulon, France | Palamos, Spain | Barcelona more

Fly Cruise£4599pp
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9 Spain Intensive
04 November 2019 - 9 nights

Barcelona | Valencia | Cartagena, Spain | Granada (Motril) | Malaga, Spain | Cádiz | Seville (Cadiz) | Seville (Cadiz) | Lisbon | Lisbon more

Fly Cruise£1519pp
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10 Transatlantic
05 November 2019 - 13 nights

Barcelona | Ibiza | Cartagena, Spain | Gibraltar | Tenerife | Nassau | Fort Lauderdale more

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11 Atlantic Soiree - Barcelona to Miami
06 November 2019 - 15 nights

Barcelona | Cartagena, Spain | Malaga, Spain | Seville (Cadiz) | Seville (Cadiz) | Funchal, Madeira | St Georges, Bermuda | Miami more

Fly Cruise£2549pp
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12 Iberian Explorer - Barcelona to London
03 January 2020 - 7 nights

Barcelona | Cartagena, Spain | Granada | Strait Of Gibraltar | Vigo | Portsmouth, UK | London, Tilbury more

Fly Cruise£1640pp
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13 Lisbon to Barcelona
09 April 2020 - 7 nights

Lisbon | Portimao | Cádiz | Malaga, Spain | Cartagena, Spain | Valencia | Barcelona | Barcelona more

Fly Cruise£2899pp
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14 New York to Barcelona
16 April 2020 - 14 nights

New York, New York | King's Wharf | Funchal, Madeira | Malaga, Spain | Cartagena, Spain | Valencia | Barcelona more

Fly Cruise£6019pp
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15 Uk, Spain, Portugal & France
10 May 2020 - 10 nights

Southampton | Paris/Normandy (Le Havre) | Bilbao, Spain | La Coruna | Lisbon | Gibraltar | Cartagena, Spain | Barcelona more

Fly Cruise£5019pp
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16 Barcelona to Barcelona
26 May 2020 - 9 nights

Barcelona | Cádiz | Casablanca, Morocco | Malaga, Spain | Cartagena, Spain | Palma De Mallorca | Barcelona | Barcelona more

Fly Cruise£3699pp
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17 Iberian Summer
06 July 2020 - 12 nights

Barcelona | Alicante | Lisbon | Lisbon | Portimao | Tangier | Cartagena, Spain | Valencia | Barcelona more

Fly Cruise£6589pp
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18 Lisbon to Barcelona
27 July 2020 - 7 nights

Lisbon | Portimao | Cádiz | Malaga, Spain | Cartagena, Spain | Valencia | Barcelona | Barcelona more

Fly Cruise£2899pp
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19 Spanish Magic & Morocco
01 August 2020 - 11 nights

Barcelona | Valencia | Cádiz | Portimao | Tangier | Granada (Motril) | Cartagena, Spain | Cavalaire-sur-Mer, France | Monte Carlo, Monaco more

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20 Spain & Portugal Mediterranean
15 August 2020 - 13 nights

Southampton | Gibraltar | Cartagena, Spain | Palma De Mallorca | Barcelona | Valencia | Cádiz | Lisbon | Southampton more

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21 Barcelona to Lisbon
31 August 2020 - 7 nights

Barcelona | Cartagena, Spain | Gibraltar | Casablanca, Morocco | Seville (Cadiz) | Seville (Cadiz) | Portimao | Lisbon more

Fly Cruise£1929pp
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22 Lisbon to Barcelona
03 September 2020 - 9 nights

Lisbon | Lisbon | Portimao | Gibraltar | Malaga, Spain | Cartagena, Spain | Valencia | Palma De Mallorca | Barcelona | Barcelona more

Fly Cruise£3879pp
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23 Lisbon to Barcelona
13 September 2020 - 11 nights

Lisbon | Lisbon | Portimao | Seville | Seville | Tangier | Malaga, Spain | Cartagena, Spain | Valencia | Palma De Mallorca | Barcelona | Barcelona more

Fly Cruise£4319pp
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24 Barcelona to Barcelona
07 October 2020 - 10 nights

Barcelona | Valencia | Cádiz | Cádiz | Casablanca, Morocco | Tangier | Malaga, Spain | Cartagena, Spain | Palma De Mallorca | Barcelona more

Fly Cruise£3879pp
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25 Western Europe Transatlantic
20 October 2020 - 13 nights

Civitavecchia | Barcelona | Cartagena, Spain | Malaga, Spain | Fort Lauderdale

Fly Cruise£4599pp
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26 Monte Carlo to Barcelona
30 October 2020 - 9 nights

Monte Carlo, Monaco | Porto Mahon | Malaga (Costa Del Sol) | Cádiz | Gibraltar | Cartagena, Spain | Palma De Mallorca | Valencia | Barcelona more

Fly Cruise£3879pp
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27 Canary Islands & Argentina
20 November 2020 - 16 nights

Barcelona | Cartagena, Spain | Lanzarote, Canary Islands | Tenerife | Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (Brazil) | Buenos Aires, Argentina (Argentina) | Buenos Aires, Argentina (Argentina) more

Fly Cruise£4529pp
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28 Atlantic Horizons
21 November 2020 - 14 nights

Barcelona | Cartagena, Spain | Malaga, Spain | Funchal, Madeira | Royal Naval Dockyard, Bermuda | Royal Naval Dockyard, Bermuda | Nassau | Miami more

Fly Cruise£2449pp
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