Cruise News Shorts: Five Beach Villas, One Beverage Package and Another Living Wall at Sea

February 1, 2013

(4:40 p.m. EST) -- Every week we catch wind of so much cruise news, we don't always know what to do with it all, but a few standout bits sometimes catch our attention. Here are some interesting cruise tidbits we think you might like to know about.

For Rent: Two-Story Beach Villa on Private Island

Want a truly extravagant place to lay your towel on your next visit to Half Moon Cay, Holland America Line's private Bahamian island? Then check out their five new two-story Beach Villas available for rent. The luxury villas don't just offer a private retreat from the crowds, but each also boasts a hot tub on the second floor. Also new on Half Moon Cay is a glass-bottom boat that can carry 290 passengers and offers underwater viewing of the island's reefs and sea life.

I'll Take Two, Please

No need to wait until you're onboard your Royal Caribbean cruise ship to ensure you'll have enough drinks to keep you happy on your next sailing. The line has opened up pre-purchasing for its unlimited alcohol packages. Passengers with confirmed bookings can purchase the packages on the Royal Caribbean Web site.

More Tahiti on the Horizon

Tahiti is a destination best seen by water, and Windstar Cruises is making it easier than ever to do so. The cruise line, which operates a small fleet of sailing yachts, will return to the South Pacific in the summer of 2014 with its 148-passenger Wind Spirit. Beginning May 2, 2014, the yacht will sail 28 six-night voyages from Papeete, visiting five islands.

Second Living Wall at Sea

Just a few months after a living wall at sea was created on Crystal Symphony, the line has announced it will be building one on Crystal Serenity. The wall, composed of a variety of plants depicting a world map, will be on Deck 11 in the Trident Bar & Grill lounge area.

--by Dori Saltzman, News Editor