Cartagena is a major port city located on the coast of Murcia. The indented harbour bay is guarded by rocky promontories, each of which topped by a fort. Today, the city is also Spain's main naval base and cargo shipping port.
- Cartagena has a total area of 558 km2 (215,5 ml2) and a population of 216,655 inhabitants (metro 409,590 - 2012 census). Much of the historical weight of the city goes to its defensive port, one of the major in western Mediterranean.
- Cartagena has been the capital of the Maritime Department of the Spanish Navy since the arrival of Spanish Bourbons during the 18th century. As far as the 16th century it was among the most important Spanish naval ports, along with Ferrol located in the North. Cartagena is still a major naval seaport, the military haven of Spain, home to a big naval shipyard.
- The confluence of civilizationsand its strategic harbour, along with the rise of local mining industry is manifested by artistic heritage, featuring a number of landmarks like the Roman Theatre, the 2nd largest of Iberian Peninsula after the one in Merida, bundance of Phoenician, Byzantine, Roman and Moorish remains, plethora of Art Nouveau buildings.
- It contains a castle constructed presumably in Carthaginian times, the remains of old walls, and a church that was former 13th-century cathedral. Appealing promenades extend along the harbour of Cartagena, while to the northeast is the renowned beach and watersports resort area of lagoon-like Mar Menor.
- Founded in 221 BC by Hasdrubal, leader of Carthaginians from North Africa, Cartagena as "Nova Carthage" was long the Romans' principal settlement in Iberia. In AD 425, the city was sacked by the Goths, to be later restored and improved by the Moors during their occupation of Spain. From 1269, the town was a possession of the kings of Aragon and later became part of the Kingdom of Spain.
- Cartagena is the first of several cities which eventually were named Cartagena, most notably Cartagena of the Indies (Cartagena de Indias) in Colombia.
The following photo is an aerial look over the Port of Cartagena.
For season 2018, the cruise port had scheduled a total of 150 ship calls and over 215,000 passengers. This was increase of 26% over 2016 (151 ship calls with around 236,000 passengers). The port also reported (based on ship bookings 2018) 24 days with double and triple ship calls.
In 2017 was extended the cruise pier (to 700 m / 2300 ft) which now allows docking of two of the world's largest cruise ships simultaneously. Also in 2017 were added new cruise shore excursions, among which to the history themed "Roman Theater" and the culinary themed “Stories with Flavor” (Mediterranean cuisine specialties and tapas tastings).
Highlights: Naval town, old fort, Murcia, Cathedral
Cartagena cruise terminal
Cartagena cruise ship terminal is located in the port's Marina area (its outer part). The terminal is right next to the Yacht Club's building. The quay is at a close proximity to the city center.
The cruise terminal offers as facilities taxi rank, bus stop, parking lots for tourist coaches, info kiosks. Nearby are also Murcia's Muelle de Alfonso XII quay and Plaza Ayuntamiento.
Port Cartagena cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Cartagena, Spain. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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