Cruising to Cartagena

Cartagena, Colombia

January blues can be averted by heading to sunnier climes and, with this in mind, you will be glad to know that Pullmantur Cruises are offering a range of Caribbean itineraries throughout the winter period. Both Zenith and Monarch will be operating Caribbean cruises, with the Caribbean Islands Cruise and Legendary Caribbean Cruise itineraries to choose between.

The former of these itineraries will enable passengers to experience the delights of the south eastern islands of the Caribbean, whilst the latter provides the opportunity to visit a number of the south western islands as well as mainland nations of Costa Rica, Panama, and Colombia. The South American nation is home to the city of Cartagena, which was one of the first Spanish colonies on the continent and is home to a charming old town.

Colombia may not be a nation that immediately springs to mind when thinking of a Caribbean cruise, but a visit to the beautiful city of Cartagena will you feeling truly enchanted. This week, Pullmantur Cruises takes a closer look at some of the highlights you can expect to see and experience during your time in this mesmerising city.

Old Town

Cartagena, Colombia

Surrounded by thick walls and protected by imposing fortresses – all of which has been wonderfully preserved – is the colourful old town of Cartagena. Without question, this will be the main highlight of your time in Cartagena, with many colonial buildings, churches, monasteries, plazas, palaces, mansions and much more. Consisting of the historical districts of El Centro and San Diego, there are many sights that may be listed as “must-sees”, but the best way to truly experience the beauty and splendour of this old town is to wander the streets without a guide, discovering the beautiful architectural detail on display upon every turn.

Palacio de la Inquisición

Otherwise known as the Palace of Inquisition, this landmark is where the Spanish Inquisition tortured those accused of any crime against religion. Situated within Cartagena’s old town, this 18th century structure now serves as a museum that showcases many historical artefacts including many coins, maps, weapons, church bells and much more.


It could almost be considered a crime for any destination on a Caribbean itinerary not feature a beach of any sort. Fortunately, the city of Cartagena does not fail to disappoint. There are many beaches available in the area that surrounds the old town, all of which offer powder-sand beaches, while some also offer surrounding coral bays – presenting a perfect opportunity for snorkelling and scuba diving.


Emerald, Colombia

If you are looking for a perfect souvenir from your time in Cartagena, a locally sourced emerald may provide the ideal option. Both polished and uncut loose emeralds are available at reasonable prices and are presented with a certificate of authentication upon purchase. Vendors can be found throughout the old town and many will also be selling emerald jewellery.

With temperatures rarely dropping below the 20C mark, a winter journey to the Caribbean is a perfect option for anyone seeking to escape the harsh UK winter this January. Pullmantur Cruises offer unique all-inclusive value, with all meals, drinks, flights, overseas transfers and much more included in the price of your holiday package.

As well as Caribbean itineraries, Pullmantur Cruises will also be operating 7-night roundtrip cruises closer to home in the Canary Islands on board Horizon. For more information about all of the itineraries available and the all-inclusive value with Pullmantur Cruises, contact us via the freephone number above or complete the online enquiry form.