By Tom Stieghorst
Crystal Cruises has developed a series of
late-starting shore excursions on select
cruises to give sleepyheads the chance
to doze in the morning and still see the
sights in port.
To be called “Late-Risers Adventures,”
the excursions will carry start times of 11
a.m. or noon instead of the more typi-
cal 7: 30 a.m. to 9: 30 a.m. departures that
maximize time on shore.
Crystal President and COO Edie Ro-
driguez said the idea was to eliminate the
sense of sacrifice some passengers felt if
they skipped an opportune shore excur-
sion to catch up on sleep.
“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,” Rodriguez said.
Crystal already has a late-risers breakfast that runs from 10 a.m. to 11: 30 a.m.
that will complement the later excursions. The breakfasts are served outdoors
on deck at the Tastings restaurant on the
Crystal Serenity and Trident Grill on the
Crystal Symphony. Pricing for the Late-Risers Adventures has not been fully set,
said Crystal spokesman Paul Garcia, but
would be proportionately less than a full
excursion of the same type.
Crystal won’t be picking excursions
that require a full day to execute, but
rather shorter ones that can offer a “
modified excursion experience” without losing the essence of the tour.
Also, if the arrival of the ship in port
is later to begin with, then the late-risers
excursion can be longer to reflect a later
departure, Garcia said.
“It’s still a work in progress,” he said.
“The goal is to make it a staple in all the
voyages that allow us to do it.”
The first late-riser excursion to be of-
fered was on the Crystal Serenity’s Sept.
19 Boston-Quebec City voyage. On the
Symphony, the new product will be rolled
out on the Sept. 27 sailing from Ham-
burg, Germany, to Lisbon.
Garcia said the inspiration for the later
riser excursions came from Rodriguez, and
the details were fleshed out by John Stoll,
Crystal’s vice president of land programs.
“[Rodriguez will] be the first to tell you
to get that extra hour of sleep,” Garcia
said. “To her it made all the sense in the
Crystal believes its late-risers excursions
are unique to the industry. “We’re the first
ones to get out there with it,” he said.
An example of the late-riser excursions
highlighted by Crystal in its announcing the program include a visit to Porto,
Portugal, famed for its port wine, where
guests will tour the cathedral and the
19th century stock exchange building and
finish in a port wine cellar for a tasting
among the oak casks and barrels.
On the Serenity, guests enjoying Boston can take the late-riser option to see
Old Ironsides and Boston Common, walk
the Freedom Trail and view the Old State
Crystal’s new, shorter shore excursions aimed at late risers
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The Symphony’s Sept. 27 Hamburg-Lisbon
sailing, which includes Amsterdam, pictured,
will offer the shorter excursions.