Cartagena Cruise Ship Port

Cartagena cruise ship port is a recent addition when you consider the city's cargo port has been a place of commercial trading for over 2,000 years. The cruise ship port is dedicated to catering for this type of vessel and was constructed next to the container port. Plans for expansion of the port's facilities are continuously ongoing and new installations are underway. The decision to construct the Cartagena cruise ship port is mainly due to the fact that it is one of the only ports in Spain deep enough to accommodate vessels of this size; a bright future for the city's tourism.

Cartagena Cruise Ship Port
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Cruise Ship Terminal Location

Cartagena cruise ship port terminal is located between the sports marina (Puerto Deportivo) and the container port. Very handy for cruise passengers and often commented on, the location of the port is close to the city centre and shopping areas. Add to this the ease of debarcation, and cruise ship passengers can be on the lively Muelle Alfonso XII in no time. This is the main waterside area of Cartagena lined with pavement cafes, bars and restaurants. Across the road from here, a short walk takes you to the city's main shopping district around the Plaza del Ayuntamiento.

Cruise Ship Terminal Facilities

Cartagena cruise ship port has a depth of 12 metres and 344 metres of mooring points, allowing it to accommodate the largest of cruise ships. Leading off this are several dikes for smaller boats to moor, and a large portion of the waterside acts as a reception area for those meeting arriving passengers. Those meeting passengers with a vehicle will find a handy underground car park beneath Muelle Alfonso XII. Within the terminal is parking for coaches and a taxi rank. There is an information desk and from the terminal into the city there are no stairs to hinder wheelchairs.

Murcia-San Javier Airport

Murcia-San Javier Airport is the closest and most convenient airport for travellers to Cartagena. Depending on where you're flying from, it may be necessary to fly into Alicante Airport which is further to the northeast.