Dreaming of a Caribbean Getaway with Crystal Cruises during Plan a Cruise Month

One thing that we’ve totally neglected to think about in all of our vacation planning for next year is a trip for us. Not with the kids – I mean a getaway just for the two of us. We managed to get away together last February and it was AMAZING.


At a little taverna in Athens

There is nothing like a romantic getaway when you are holding two demanding jobs, three demanding kids, one demanding dog and a ton of other demanding obligations. What we need is some time away where our biggest decision of the day is which restaurant to choose or whether we should go snorkeling or just lay on the beach!

Cruises are perfect for this type of vacation. Once we aboard ship, there is nothing to worry about! Even your adventurous excursions are planned for you – it’s the ultimate low-stress vacation! Crystal Cruises places you in the lap of luxury: the founder of “All Exclusive” travel takes all-inclusive travel into a whole new stratosphere.


Forget cramped cabins, crowded spaces and mile-long buffet lines.

Instead picture a smaller ship with personalized service. Picture award winning restaurants from celebrity chefs. Picture onboard enrichment programs where you can learn a new language or attend insightful lectures by noted authors and world leaders. Picture spacious cabins with room to actually relax.


They have itineraries that take you all over the world – from Africa to the South Pacific. But, seeing as we do have three kids waiting for us at home, a 26-day cruise to Antarctica is not in our plans right now. (Someday!) But the Ten-Day Caribbean Cruise from  Barbados to Miami sounds like a dream come true!!

It’s stopping in several locations we’ve dreamed of visiting, like Turks & Caicos and the West Indies. It even has overnight stays in Barbados and St. Barts so you can really dig in and explore instead of rushing. Extended time is great, because the shore excursions look incredible! I love that many excursions feature a private option for a more boutique experience, and every itinerary offers a complimentary voluntourism event.

With our 24/7-on-the-go life, ten days wallowing in luxury and being pampered on Crystal Cruises sounds about as close to heaven as I can imagine!

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Written by Melissa Angert, editor of this fashion blog and author of Girlymama. You can also find her on Twitter as Melissa Angert. She is a mom of 3 living in Providence.