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We were on the Constellation last year and sailing again on her in Jan 2008. Since we were on her last year, Celebrity deleted one port and added Cartagena, Colombia to replace it. We have already scheduled a beach tour there. Any info about Cartagena, Colombia as a port of call would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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I've never been to Cartagena before, but will be visiting aboard the Constellation -sailing 11/26/07 - 11 nights.

I'll be writing a daily Virtual Cruise Report live from the ship for CruiseMates. Just watch the boards, and since it's my first time in Columbia I'll be sure to give a detailed report from our day there.
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I've never been to Cartagena before, but will be visiting aboard the Constellation -sailing 11/26/07 - 11 nights.

I'll be writing a daily Virtual Cruise Report live from the ship for CruiseMates. Just watch the boards, and since it's my first time in Columbia I'll be sure to give a detailed report from our day there.
thanks! ....will do.
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Hi Rick,
What I have found out is the U.S. govt travel site and the Australian govt travel site both have Columbia on their list of unsafe places. We are scheduled to stop there next month but I think I will spend the day on board. Just FYI.
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Hi Rick,
What I have found out is the U.S. govt travel site and the Australian govt travel site both have Columbia on their list of unsafe places. We are scheduled to stop there next month but I think I will spend the day on board. Just FYI.
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Thank you for the info. Our research mirrors yours, so we are surprised that Celebrity is going there. I wonder how ports of call are determined by the cruiselines. Maybe the casino will be open...woooohoooooo!
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We will stop in Cartagena Dec 2 on Summit. We are excited to tour the historical area of the town. There are travel warnings and advisories for many places. They still stop in Labadee Haiti, even though Haiti has been considered unsafe for travel for years. Labadee is kept isolated from the rest of the country for tourism purposes. Incidentally we have spent 5 weeks working in Port au Prince, Haiti in the past couple years, and hope to return in the new year. I wouldn't go wandering about Columbia but have no fear of being in Cartagena. As in any foreign port we will be sensible, cautious, not wear a lot of jewellery etc., be aware of surroundings and enjoy a new culture and people.
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We visited Cartegena last month on the Island Princess. Let me first say Cartegena is a beautiful old city. It is colorful and for the most part clean.
We took a ships tour of the city and must say the vendors are very agressive as they are in Jamaica. Every time our guide stopped to point out a site we were swarmed over by these people. Our guide explained that school is not mandatory in Columbia so this is the only way many of the people make their living. He further explained many cruiseships abandoned this port but are now returning. Some passengers had trouble with the cab drivers. Those who arranged private tours raved about the beauty of the country. Again, it is a beautiful city. We at no time felt we were in danger but be aware of your surroundings. Overall we feel this was a good port.
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We were on the Constellation last year and sailing again on her in Jan 2008. Since we were on her last year, Celebrity deleted one port and added Cartagena, Colombia to replace it. We have already scheduled a beach tour there. Any info about Cartagena, Colombia as a port of call would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
When I was there several years ago, the ship offered four shore excursions -- and three of the four were very similar. The differences were that one visited the fort and offered the least time for shopping, another drove by the fort and offered somewhat more time for shopping, and the third skipped the fort completely to offer the most time for shopping. The fourth excursion was purely a shopping tour. I took the excursion that visited the fort and found both the fort, the Iglisia de San Pedro Clavier, and many of the other attractions to be very interesting, but I'm left with the sense that I have seen what's there so I have no real desire to go back.

BTW, the drug cartels discussed on the U. S. Department of State's web site are not in the vicinity of Cartagena. Cartagena is no more dangerous than any major city here in the States.

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Go read what the Canada travel dept. says about this port. The port is fine if you pay attention to what you're doing and where you're going. There are some great webb sites giving information about the port.
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I am sailing on 7 Jan on constellation and will also be visiting Cartagena. As it is our 3rd visit to this port we won't be leaving the ship, however we have on our other visits, both times doing organised trips. We didn't feel uncomfortable at all on either occasion, just take normal precautions and I for one would book a trip rather than go solo.
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A BIG Thank you to everyone for your Cartagena, Colombia help/info! Deb and I will be boarding the Constellation Monday, 7 Jan!!!! HooooRahhhh! We will be in the same cabin that we had last year. Just like going home .
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Hi Rick,

We were just on the Connie and visited Cartagena. We did the Highlights and city tour with a gentleman named Leonardo. At first, we visited the outside of the fort, and then proceded to the city center streets and walked around. It was a Sunday, so many vendors were closed. However, it was colorful and walking with the ships tour, we were guided along the streets and never felt any fear of crime. Yes, we were told to remove jewelry and shiny objects. We visited the Santo Domingo church, small and quaint and then guided to the owners cousins store to "look" at emeralds. Very pricey. As for the swarms of people trying to sell you things on the street, It was probobly the worst I have ever seen. They really hounded you, and i didnt feel the ships guide prevented them from harrassing you. at the end, no biggy, we bought a bunch of souvaniers and bottom price, and 4 lbs of Columbian coffee which ended up being very mild and really good as a breakfast coffee. Offered at end 5$ a lb.
Just watch your bags in case some of those guys swarm you and run. We did feel safe at all times.
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We stopped in Cartagena, Columbia also. I checked out the same material from the US Government at that time before we left on the trip and from what I read, the problems were further inland and didn't affect the City of Cartagena. There was plenty of security around the port. We took a Excursion there at the time and didn't feel unsafe, accept the the vender's on the street hounded you to sell you things. I would feel safer in a tour then on our own. I would use the common sense when traveling to any strange place, even in Europe.
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