Cartagena Spain (Murcia)

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Cartagena Spain cruise port

Mediterranean - Black Sea

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2022-10-03 02:50

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Cartagena is a major port city on the coast of Murcia region (southeastern Spain), with population around 220,000. The indented harbour bay is guarded by rocky promontories, each topped by a fort. Today, the city is also Spain's main naval base and cargo shipping port.

Cartagena (Spain) cruise port

Cartagena is Spanish Navy's principal port since 18th century. As far as the 16th century, it was among the most important Spanish naval ports, along with Ferrol. Cartagena is still a major naval port and has a large naval shipyard.

Popolar among tourists are the Roman Theatre (2nd largest in Iberia) - after Merida), abundance of Phoenician, Byzantine, Roman and Moorish remains, numerous Art Nouveau buildings, a Carthaginian castle, old city walls, a 13th century cathedral, waterfront promenades (along the harbour), Mar Menor (lagoon-like beach and watersports resort).

Cartagena was founded in 221 BC by the Carthaginians (king Hasdrubal). As "Nova Carthage" the town was Roman Empire's principal port town in Iberia. In AD 425, the city was sacked by the Goths, later restored and improved by the Moors. From 1269, it was ruled by Aragon Kingdom, and later became part of the Kingdom of Spain. Cartagena is the first of several cities which eventually were named Cartagena, most notably Cartagena de Indias in Colombia.

The following photo is an aerial look over Port Cartagena (locode ESCAR).

Port of Cartagena (Spain)

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).

For season 2018, the cruise port handled 148 ship calls and 228,000 passengers. For season 2019 were booked 162 ship calls with estimated nearly 248,000 passengers.

Cartagena Spain 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 close proximity to downtown.

Cartagena (Spain) cruise ship terminal

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.

Cartagena Spain tours, shore excursions, hotels

City Tours and Shore Excursions

Murcia City (region's capital) offers a wide variety of themed excursion options, including beach resorts, city tours, nature tours, culinary and wine tours, shopping opportunities. Lorca (city) is famous for its medieval past.

Caravaca de la Cruz (town northwest of Murcia) is considered one of world's all 5 Holy Cities and is a major destination for pilgrims. Every 7 years, here is celebrates Permanent Jubilee.

Bodegas Hacienda del Carche (Vejer de la Frontera) opened a wine museum about region's history. As cruise tour, it includes a visit to the vineyards, review of the winemaking and wine tasting.

Port Cartagena Spain 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, Murcia. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.

2 October, 2022
Costa Cruises Cruises cruise lineCosta Fascinosa08:0018:00
3 October, 2022
Cunard Cruises cruise lineQueen Victoria
3 October, 2022
Saga Cruises Cruises cruise lineSpirit of Adventure08:0017:00
6 October, 2022
Viking Cruises Cruises cruise lineViking Jupiter
8 October, 2022
Silversea Cruises Cruises cruise lineSilver Moon09:0018:00
9 October, 2022
Viking Cruises Cruises cruise lineViking Mars
9 October, 2022
Marella Cruises Cruises cruise lineMarella Discovery09:0018:00
12 October, 2022
TUI Cruises Cruises cruise lineMein Schiff Herz-Marella Voyager08:0019:00
14 October, 2022
Silversea Cruises Cruises cruise lineSilver Moon08:0018:00
17 October, 2022
Oceania Cruises Cruises cruise lineOceania Marina07:0015:00
17 October, 2022
Oceania Cruises Cruises cruise lineOceania Riviera09:0018:00
18 October, 2022
Seabourn Cruises Cruises cruise lineSeabourn Sojourn07:0017:00
19 October, 2022
Viking Cruises Cruises cruise lineViking Venus
20 October, 2022
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineVision Of The Seas09:0019:00
21 October, 2022
AIDA Cruises Cruises cruise lineAIDAstella09:0017:00
24 October, 2022
Star Clippers Cruises cruise lineStar Clipper
25 October, 2022
Celebrity Cruises Cruises cruise lineCelebrity Constellation09:0017:00
26 October, 2022
Princess Cruises Cruises cruise lineIsland Princess09:0018:00
26 October, 2022
CroisiEurope Cruises cruise linems La Belle des Oceans13:0018:00
27 October, 2022
Celebrity Cruises Cruises cruise lineCelebrity Edge09:0017:00
30 October, 2022
AIDA Cruises Cruises cruise lineAIDAstella08:0017:00
31 October, 2022
Star Clippers Cruises cruise lineStar Flyer

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