Cartagena Cruises

Roman Theatre and Museum
Journey to Murcia
Alicante and Cartagena

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Cartagena/Murcia

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Set amid mountainous landscapes, the port of Cartagena, Spain is an MSC Mediterranean Cruises destination. Founded by the Carthaginians around 220 B.C., the city is known for its fabulous harbour, beautiful buildings, ancient ruins, and cultural heritage. Discover a wealth of Art Nouveau architecture and revel in tales of a glorious past. Nearby, Murcia and Alicante boast astonishing histories dating back to Roman times.


MSC Cruises excursions offer plenty of exciting things to see including:


• Roman Theatre and Museum

• Journey to Murcia

• Alicante and Cartagena


If you love the ancient past, we recommend opting for an MSC Cruises excursion to Cartagena to visit the spectacular Roman Theatre — a semi-circular construction that can seat 6,000 spectators, built between 5 and 1 B.C. The museum, which houses a collection of archaeological remains, is sure to delight history buffs. Afterwards, enter the residential House of Fortune for a panoramic view of Roman daily life. Finally, arrive by coach at the Cartagena Archaeological Museum for a fascinating glimpse into history. Admire a great selection of ancient relics including tools, sculptures, epigraphs, and ceramics.


Choose an MSC Cruises excursion to Murcia for an authentic Spanish experience. You’ll journey along the rugged foothills of the Sierra de Carrascoy mountain range to reach this 9th-century jewel of a city. Murcia’s Moorish beginnings can still be seen in the remains of its ancient wall, while the city’s churches are a testament to its Christianisation long ago. Here, admire the Monastery of the Virgin of Fuensanta, a Baroque gem with unforgettable views of the countryside. Next, see the elegant Casino and its ornate façade and the 14th-century Saint Mary Cathedral.


Treat yourself to an unforgettable MSC Cruises excursion to Alicante and Cartagena, two historical Spanish port towns. Arriving at the summit of Mount Benacantil, you’ll appreciate picture-postcard views of the city and the 9th-century Santa Bárbara Castle. Enjoy a leisurely stroll around Alicante and discover the vibrant old quarter and palm-fringed waterfront. Then, journey to Cartagena, a town dating back 2,500 years, to see the beautiful harbour and historical landmarks. 

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    Spain

    Love at first sight
    Love at first sight

    If you’re visiting Spain for the first time, be warned: this is a country that fast becomes an addiction. You might intend to come just for a cruise holiday, a walking tour or a city break, but before you know it you’ll find yourself hooked by something quite different – the celebration of some local fiesta, perhaps, or the otherworldly architecture of Barcelona.

    Even in the most over-touristic Mediterranean resorts of the Costa del Sol, you’ll be able to find an authentic bar or restaurant where the locals eat, and a village not far away where an age-old bullfighting tradition owes nothing to tourism. 


    A holiday to Spain can also show you the large cities of the north like Barcelona, which have reinvented themselves as essential cultural destinations (and don’t all close down for hours for a kip every afternoon). 


    And when the world now looks to Spain for culinary inspiration – the country has some of the most acclaimed chefs and innovative restaurants in the world – it’s clear that things have changed. Spain, despite the current economic uncertainty, sees itself very differently from a generation ago. 

    So should you – prepare to be surprised.