Many years ago we spent a week in Cartegena and we fell in love with it even going with friends out to the countryside. .A few years back six of us were on the NCL Sky and took a private tour with a cabbie and had a ball.. Maybe it's because I seem to thrive in that atmosphere, maybe because Parrot Pop speaks a bit of spanish (tourista) But I never felt unsafe there.. as for the soldiers..they were there to protect us...and I love now the Old City that has been resurrected by owners of the homes there.. Did you know behind many of those big gates are wonderful restaurants.. Surprisingly the vendors didn't bother me.. I just told them."tarde".. but it was one of the shop girls that gave us grief. I will always consider any cruise that goes to Cartegena.. but that's what makes us all different..