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Crystal catering to late-risers with excursion departures that let you sleep in

Now this is music to any cruise passenger’s ears, Crystal Cruises just came up with a dream idea, to let you catch up on much needed sleep. The luxury cruise operator is debuting an adventure for late-risers. Now if you’ve ever taken a cruise you know how early you need to get up sometimes to go ashore or disembark, and sometimes every snooze minute c ounts.

Enjoy  the morning and then go touring
Richard Pietschmann
Now you can have a leisurely in-stateroom breakfast before your excursion
Patti Pietschmann

So in the fall, in an industry first, the new “Late-Risers Adventures” will begin closer to 11 a.m. or noon, instead of uncivilized early hours like 8 a.m. Of course it will depend on the itinerary. The start times are designed to complement the line’s Late-Risers Breakfasts, served from 10:00-11:30 a.m. on both Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony.

“There are so many distinctly different types of travelers, each with their own idea of the perfect vacation. For many, this involves plenty of rest and relaxation,” says Crystal president Edie Rodriguez. “The ‘Late-Risers Adventures’ allow guests who prefer more sleep in the morning, are perhaps still adjusting to a time change, or simply like to enjoy a long, leisurely breakfast, to keep their preferred schedule without missing out on any of the insightful, expertly crafted Crystal Adventures in a select destination.”

The ‘sleep-ins’ start with Crystal Serenity’s September 19, 2014 Boston-Québec sailing, and on Crystal Symphony’s September 27 Hamburg-Lisbon sailing.

Examples of adventures with later start times include:

  • · A glimpse into the eclectic culture of Oporto, Portugal, including the elaborate Cathedral of Oporto – once a Gothic church, now an important Baroque structure, and the 19th-century Stock Exchange Palace, blending Arab and European influences, plus a visit to a port wine cellar for tasting among the oak casts and barrels.
  • · Taking in Amsterdam’s most notable sites from some of the 100 canals within the city, including the Anne Frank House, the Van Gogh Museum and countless gabled houses, merchants’ mansions and centuries-old carillon-crowned churches.
  • · Such famed Boston highlights as the Navy Yard, home to “Old Ironsides,” the world’s oldest commissioned naval ship afloat; Boston Common, America’s oldest public park; the Freedom Trail and the pre-Revolutionary Old State House.

The “Late-Risers” tours will be available on select Crystal itineraries throughout the world, which range from five to 108 days and sail through the Mediterranean, Western Europe, British Isles, Scandinavia/Baltic & Russia, North Cape & Arctic Circle, Africa, Asia, Australia/New Zealand, South Pacific, South America, Antarctica, New England/Canada, Panama Canal, Caribbean, and an indulgent annual World Cruise. Until August 29, all-inclusive, value-priced “Book Now” fares start at just $1,360/person.

For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625, or visit

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