Crystal Cruises caters to late-risers

Published on: September 11, 2014 | Last Updated on December 19, 2019
For Late-rises: Quiet morning spot on Deck 11 of the Crystal Symphony

Late-risers on cruises no longer have to worry

Have you ever returned from a cruise or other type of vacation feeling more tired than when you left? Are you normally a person who enjoys sleeping late?

An antidote to early morning wake-up calls

Crystal Cruises has come up with a unique amenity for luxury cruisers: relief from the dreaded early morning wake-up call.

The new Late-Risers Adventures, a first in the industry, allows passengers the opportunity to overcome jet lag or catch up on lost sleep without the fear of missing out on the fun of curated excursions at different ports.

Shore excursions on Crystal as well as many other cruise lines typically begin as early as 8 a.m., but starting with sailings on the Crystal Serenity (Sept. 19 from Boston to Quebec) and the Crystal Symphony (Sept. 27 from Hamburg to Lisbon), passengers will be able to sleep in and take advantage of excursions scheduled as late as 11 a.m. or noon.

“We are always exploring ways to enhance and evolve our guests’ vacations, whether it is onboard or with shore experiences,” said Edie Rodriquez, Crystal Cruises president and chief operating officer. “Most cruise ship shore excursions leave in the morning, causing guests to choose between doing the activity or sleeping in and starting the day at a leisurely pace.”

Late-risers won’t have to miss out on breakfast either because the new excursion schedule complements the line’s Late-Risers Breakfasts, which are served between 10 and 11:30 a.m.

Late-Risers tours will be available on select Crystal itineraries throughout the world. Having this flexibility to wake up according to your own body rhythms sounds like one way to take a vacation and not return feeling like you need one.

For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888-722-0021 or visit

[This article was previously published in the Chicago Tribune on September 9, 2014.]

  • Reply
    Doreen Pendgracs
    September 15, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Great news, Irene! As far as I’m concerned, people should have choices. Some people like to get up early. Power to them! I am not a morning person, and appreciate the opportunity to sleep in on occasion. Hats off to Crystal Cruises!

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    Lily Lau
    October 2, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    This is nice, thanks for sharing with us! I had never heard about Crystal Cruises but I think I’ll start considering them for next Summer! 🙂

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    Sand In My Suitcase
    November 26, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Now this looks like a great idea☺ – but if it’s hot outside, it’s nice to get an early start, especially if touring outside. Sometimes too an early start means avoiding the crowds.

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    February 12, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    Always nice to have options available when traveling. Would love to experience a Crystal Cruise one day! They certainly are trying to make cruising more flexible to suit everyone.

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