Port of Cartagena
The port of Cartagena is located in the city of Cartagena (Murcia). It is the captaincy of the maritime province of Cartagena and is managed by the Port Authority of Cartagena (Public Authority Ports of the State, Ministry of Development of Spain).
It is the fourth port at national level in freight traffic after Algeciras (Cádiz), Valencia and Barcelona and ahead of Tarragona, Bilbao or Huelva. It occupies the eighth place in relation to the number of cruises. 60% of the export and 80% of the imports of the Region of Murcia are made through the Port of Cartagena. More than 40% of the tourism that Cartagena receives through its port
It was recognized in the Seatrade Insider Cruise Awards 2008, (prizes that distinguish the best cruise ports in the world), as one of the destination points for the most outstanding ocean liners in the world during 2008, second only to Malta.
Nowadays, more than half a million cruise passengers have passed through the port city, a commission has been created to monitor this type of tourism and the Business Excellence Award of the Confederation of Business Organizations of Cartagena (COEC) has been obtained in the category of Tourism.
In 2012, Cartagena was a finalist in the international Seatrade Insider Cruise Awards in the category of Port of the Year, just behind the port of New York, which shows that the city is already a "reference as a port of call".