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A cruise ship for 1-percenters
In 2017, being super rich is no longer something to hide, said Marjie Lambert in The Miami Herald. That’s the thinking that built the new Regent Seven Seas Explorer, a luxury cruise ship that “clearly exemplifies the category.” Nearly an acre of marble was quarried to accent its interiors, the walls are decked with $7 million in art, and the menu in its main restaurant is “laden with lobster, caviar, foie gras, and escargot.” The cruise line budgeted $450 million to build the vessel, then exceeded that figure, all for the right to claim that the 750-passenger Explorer is the most luxurious ship ever built. Passengers currently cruising the Caribbean are paying $1,200 a night for even the smallest suite, and demand has been high for the ship’s crown jewel: the $10,000-a-night Regent Suite. In those plush quarters, a late-night stroll past the Steinway piano and Picasso lithographs leads to a $90,000 mattress and—of course—a pillow menu.
Maine’s cryptid museum
Bigfoot may live in Northern California, but one of the best places to get to know him is Portland, Maine, said Susan Farlow in the Los Angeles Times. The recently expanded International Cryptozoology Museum, the only institution of its kind, specializes in cryptids—creatures like the Abominable Snowman and the Loch Ness Monster that are rumored but not proven to exist. Founded in 2003 by author Loren Coleman, the museum now houses 10,000 specimens and artifacts, including indigenous art; famous 1967 “Bigfoot” film footage; and a hairy, 8-foot-tall sculptural rendering of that elusive screen star. Sea serpents get a display, too, as does the Tatzelwurm, a large reptile said to reside in the Alps. The museum also addresses obvious hoaxes like the jackalope, a mythic jackrabbit with antelope horns. Anyway, you don’t have to be a believer to enjoy a visit. “The museum is fun. Plus, you’ll get one heck of a selfie.”