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A Los Angeles mansion formerly owned by Paramount Pictures is now on the market for almost $25 million – see inside

a look at the outside of the estate
The Fries Estate.
  • An estate once owned by Paramount Pictures and a famed producer is now up for sale.
  • The Fries Estate has been listed at $24,995,000.
  • Take a look at its main house, pool house, and outdoor amenities, which include a pool and tennis court.
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A Beverly Hills estate once owned by Paramount Pictures is now up for sale, and it could be yours for a cool $24,995,000.
a look at the outside of the estate
The Fries Estate.

Source: The Agency

Let's take a look around the over 13,200-square-foot Fries Estate, which is "steeped in the entertainment history," Jade Mills, one of the listing agents with Coldwell Banker Realty, said in a press release.
communal seating by a fireplace
A room inside the Fries Estate.
Paramount Pictures previously owned the property in the 1960s, but the 90-year-old home is now in the hands of Charles Fries' family's trust, Jack Flemming reported for the Los Angeles Times.
a bathroom with a bathtub and a sink
A bathroom inside the Fries Estate.
Before his death this year, Fries was a famed producer who worked on projects like the "The Amazing Spider-Man" series and the "Troop Beverly Hills" film.
a movie theater with dark pink seats by a screen
A movie theater in the Fries Estate.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

His eponymous Fries Estate sits behind a gated driveway, which opens up into a motor court and the 6-bedroom, 10-bathroom home …
a large metal gate on a brick road
The Fries Estate driveway.
… all atop almost 1.2 acres.
a garden with green grass and trees
The Fries Estate.
Now let's go on a tour of the main home, which has a classic old-Hollywood ornate appeal.
a hallway by stairs and other rooms
A hallway inside the Fries Estate.
The large living room, formal dining room, and library all come with fireplaces, a warm compliment to Los Angeles' hot climate.
a formal dining table surrounded by windows
A dining table inside the Fries Estate.
There's also another smaller dining room by a terrace, a bar, a large kitchen …
a long kitchen with windows and a glass door at the end
A kitchen inside the Fries Estate.
… and an office that has its own bathroom and glam room.
an office with a desk, three chairs, and windows
A room inside the Fries Estate.
The main floor also has two rooms for staff members.
a bedroom with a bed by two armchairs and a fireplace
A bedroom in the Fries Estate.
Now let's head upstairs.
a marble bathroom with a bathtub, sinks, and a vanity
A bathroom inside the Fries Estate.
Here, you'll find the primary bedroom with a fireplace, of course. The bedroom also has its own seating space with a bar and two walk-in closets and terraces.
a bed surrounded by seats in front of a fireplace and TV
A bedroom inside the Fries Estate.
The home is filled with terraces and verandas that provide views of the property.
an outdoor balcony with seats
The Fries Estate.
The second floor also has two additional bedrooms for any guests or family.
a bedroom with a bed in front of a mirrored wall
A bedroom inside the Fries Estate.
Meanwhile, the downstairs level has a 500-square-foot theater with space for 20 occupants …
a movie theater with dark pink seats by a screen
A movie theater in the Fries Estate.
… a game room with a bar and yet another fireplace …
a poker table by a bar
A game room inside the Fries Estate.
… and a wine cellar that can hold almost 2,000 bottles.
a wine cellar surrounded by brick walls and floors
A wine cellar in the Fries Estate.
This lower-level space also has another kitchen and staff room.
a bathroom with a mirrored wall, sinks
A room inside the Fries Estate.
Now, let's head outside to the pool house, which comes with its own living room, bar, patio, and two dressing rooms and bathrooms.
the pool with seating behind
The pool on the Fries Estate.
Paul Williams designed the iconic space. If his name doesn't ring a bell, just know he also designed homes for the likes of Frank Sinatra and Lucille Ball.
a formal table and seating area in a room with white walls and a green ceiling
The Fries Estate.

Source: Los Angeles Times

The estate's outdoor living spaces also include a tennis court with a viewing area …
a tennis court surrounded by trees
The tennis court on the Fries Estate.

Source: Los Angeles Times

... as well as a brick courtyard with a fountain and barbecue.
an outdoor space behind the lit home full of garden chairs and tables
The Fries Estate.
If you're interested in the now-trendy "old money" look and you have $25 million to spend, this historic home might be the perfect place for you.
a bar with leather bar seats
A bar inside the Fries Estate.
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A $50,000 camper that turns the Tesla Cybertruck into an RV has hit $80 million in pre-orders – see inside

a rendering of the back of the cyberlandr on the cybertruck at a soccer game
A deployed Cyberlandr.
  • An artificial intelligence and software company is creating camper attachments for Tesla Cybertrucks.
  • Stream It has already seen $80 million in pre-orders for its $50,000 Cyberlandr, its CEO told Insider.
  • See inside the Cyberlandr, which will be produced and delivered in tandem with the Cybertruck.
  • See more stories on Insider's business page.
Chatter about Tesla's upcoming Cybertruck has subsided since its unveil in late 2019, but that's not stopping designers from imagining its potential uses.
FILE PHOTO: Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveils the Cybertruck at the TeslaDesign Studio in Hawthorne, Calif. The cracked window glass occurred during a demonstration on the strength of the glass.Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY/File Photo
Elon Musk and the Cybertruck.

Source: Insider

This includes Lance King, the CEO of Stream It, a software and artificial intelligence company that's now pivoting to create attachments that can turn Cybertrucks into a pop-up tiny homes on wheels.
the exterior of the Cyberlandr
The Cyberlandr.
Yes, you read that right. A tech company is now making pickup truck campers, or "Cyberlandrs."
a rendering of the cyberlandr next to an outdoor chair in the forest
The Cyberlandr.
The production of Tesla's infamous Cybertruck may have been pushed back from 2021 to 2022, but that's not stopping Stream It from "ramping everything up," King told Insider.
Tesla Cybertruck and Cyberquad.
Tesla Cybertruck and Cyberquad.
King first thought of the idea when he was preordering a Cybertruck and realized no existing RV or camper could be compatible with the futuristic truck's body.
the exterior of the Cyberlandr fully deployed
The Cyberlandr.
"[The RV industry] hasn't innovated in 50 years," King said. "They're not going to get a stroke of genius and create a new RV. And I thought, 'who could do it?'"
the exterior of the Cyberlandr
The Cyberlandr.
It turns out the answer is himself and his Stream It team.
a rendering of the back of the cyberlandr on the cybertruck at a soccer game
A deployed Cyberlandr.
"The only company I can think of that could do that is my company," King said. "We've got the software developers, we've got the AI, and we're really creative. We wanted it to be a Tesla-like experience even when you were in a RV."
the exterior of the Cyberlandr
The Cyberlandr.
According to King, a "true Tesla level RV" needs strong software that's capable of artificial intelligence and yearly updates, similar to Tesla's vehicles.
a rendering of a cybertruck in a field
The Cyberlandr stowed away.
So towards the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, in the face of potential layoffs, King decided to put his team to work designing the CyberLandr.
a rendering of the kitchen
The Cyberlandr's kitchen.
Prior to this project, the company had never worked in the RV industry, although many team members enjoy overlanding, camping, and RVing.
a rendering of the stairs of the Cyberlandr unfurling down
The Cyberlandr mid deployment.
King says this inexperience in the RV industry is a "massive strength."
a rendering of a deployed Cyberlandr
A fully deployed Cyberlandr.
"Tesla would never have been able to reinvent the car had they been in the car business," King said. "Just being in that changes your field of vision. We think it was necessary to not be in the RV industry to create a truly new and unique product."
a rendering of the entry door into the camper
The entry door.
So far, this investment is paying off.
a rendering of the Cyberlandr in a field.
The Cyberlandr.
The camper was an instant success upon its unveiling in early April.
a rendering of a four-image collage showing the camper of the Cyberlandr being deployed upwards
The four stages of the Cyberlandr's deployment.
To prove potential market success, the company's goal was to have 100 to 200 interested customers within the first month. Instead, it saw 1,000 buyers.
a rendering of two chairs in the living room
The Cyberlandr's living room.
According to King, the Cyberlandr team has already hit over $80 million in preorders, and it's still seeing daily sales, which Insider confirmed.
a rendering of the bed being deployed
The bed being deployed.
It's even received a one-word stamp of approval from Elon Musk, who called a video of the Cyberlandr "cool" in early July.
the exterior of the Cyberlandr
The Cyberlandr.

Source: Twitter

The camper's popularity should come as no surprise.
the exterior of the Cyberlandr
The Cyberlandr.
The Cyberlandr combines two growing trends that have recently flooded the automobile industry: camper vans and electric pickup trucks (especially one as hot as Tesla's).
a rendering of the back of the cyberlandr on the cybertruck at a soccer game
A deployed Cyberlandr.
Now let's take a closer look at the tiny home on wheels includes. The approximately $50,000 Cyberlandr has a retractable staircase that leads up to the interior's living room, bedroom, and bathroom.
a rendering of
The Cyberlandr.

Source: Cyberlandr

The entire unit can tuck away into the Cybetruck's bed when it's not in use. Think of it as a pop-top camper.
the exterior of the Cyberlandr
The Cyberlandr.
Let's start in the kitchen, which has all the basic necessities with a tech-forward twist, like a voice-controlled smart faucet, a refrigerator, a porcelain countertop with a hidden cooktop, and a sink with a cutting board and drying rack.
a rendering of
The Cyberlandr's kitchen.
The living room is right next to the kitchen, and comes with removable seats, voice or phone activated lights and temperature control, and a 32-inch smart television equipped with streaming services like Netflix and Apple TV.
a rendering of its chairs and kitchen surrounded by windows
The interior of the Cyberlandr.
This space can also be used as an office: The television can double as a second monitor, the pivoting tables can be used as desks, and the Cyberlandr's Starlink satellite dish can provide an internet connection.
a rendering of the living room with tables and a laptop
The Cyberlandr's living room.
The living room also transforms into a bedroom. All you have to do is unfold the seats into a roughly queen-sized bed.
a rendering of the bed being deployed
The bed.
There's also space under the bed to sleep an additional adult or two children.
a rendering of a deployed Cyberlandr
A fully deployed Cyberlandr.
Other amenities inside the tiny home on wheels include heated floors, an onboard bathroom with a shower, sink, and toilet, and smart glass that can dim for more privacy.
a rendering of the Cyberlandr's bathroom.
The Cyberlandr's bathroom.

Source: YouTube

To power all of this, the Cyberlandr will use the truck's battery and its own 500-watt solar panels.
a rendering of the Cyberlandr in the city
The Cyberlandr.
Stream It predicts the 1,200-pound camper will inevitably cut the truck's range by 5%.
a rendering of the Cyberlandr in a field
The Cyberlandr.
When it's fully deployed, the truck and its tiny home will likely stand at just under 11 feet tall depending on the final height of the Cybertruck.
a rendering of the cyberlandr next to an outdoor chair in the forest
The Cyberlandr.
Designing a camper based on a vehicle that doesn't exist yet has its obvious challenges, but King believes the Cybertruck's design won't change too much from the original unveil.
a rendering of the Cyberlandr without walls to see the living spaces
The Cyberlandr.
And the team has already created renderings of the camper with exact measurements, allowing the designers to easily change the camper's dimensions according to the final Cybertruck design.
a rendering of the bed being deployed
The bed.
The campers will eventually be produced near the Cybertruck's manufacturing site in Texas. This proximity will allow the Cyberlandr team to install the campers onto the Cybertrucks for its customers.
a rendering of the Cyberlandr's
The Cyberlandr's bathroom.

Source: CNBC

In the short term, the company will be leasing a manufacturing facility just outside of Austin, Texas. But looking ahead, Stream It plans to create its own facility in the city.
a rendering of the kitchen with a sink, countertop, storage, and television surrounded by windows
The Cyberlandr's kitchen.
Despite this prep work, King is "really nervous" about the first customers that ordered a Cyberlandr.
a rendering of the back of the cyberlandr on the cybertruck at a soccer game
The removable seats from the Cyberlandr.
The product is wholly dependent on the final Cybertruck specifications, so if Tesla doesn't share them before the Cybertrucks are shipped out, the team will have to take their own measurements and tweak the designs. This means the first few customers might not have their Cyberlandrs by the time their Cybertrucks are ready.
a rendering of the kitchen with a sink, countertop, storage, and television surrounded by windows
The Cyberlandr's kitchen.
"We're ramping up everything to make sure we can respond very quickly to those changes and get them out as soon as possible afterwards," King said.
a rendering of the kitchen with a sink, countertop, storage, and television surrounded by windows
The Cyberlandr's kitchen.
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Two new Florida cruises have cabins for solo travelers – see inside the ships

a rendering of a bed facing a TV with a window in the back
The Solo Suite available in 2022.
  • Over the last month, Oceania Cruises and Atlas Ocean Voyages have unveiled ships with single-person rooms.
  • Atlas Ocean Voyages, a new luxury cruise line, has seen "very positive responses" to its Solo Suites.
  • Cruise lines like Virgin Voyages have already seen success with these solo traveler accommodations.
  • See more stories on Insider's business page.
The cruise industry is gradually resuming operations, and at the same time, some cruise lines are tapping into a specific segment of customers: solo travelers.
volunteer employees boarding a cruise ship carrying luggage
Volunteer Royal Caribbean employees for the Freedom of the Seas sailing at PortMiami on June 20.
Over the past month, two Florida-based cruise lines - including a newcomer to the industry - have unveiled new ships with cabins designed for lone travelers.
top view of the World Navigator
The World Navigator.
But solo cruising isn't a new trend: Cruise lines like Royal Caribbean, Virgin Voyages, and Norwegian have already successfully rolled out single-person accommodations.
a bed next to a desk, tv, and mirror
The Solo Insider.

Source: Royal Caribbean, Virgin Voyages, Norwegian Cruise Line

And so far, it's been a success. For brands like Virgin, these solo rooms "perform really well," John Diorio, the cruise line's associate vice president of sales, told Johanna Jainchill for Travel Weekly.
a bathroom with a shower, sink, mirror
The Solo Insider.

Source: Travel Weekly

Staying in solo suites allows independent travelers to bypass paying single supplements, the fees that come with staying in a room designed for more than one occupant.
a bed besides a balcony with views of the ocean
The Anthem of the Seas' Studio Ocean View Stateroom with a balcony.
Some solo travelers see this single supplement as a "major obstacle" and a "penalization" for solitary vacations, Alberto Aliberti, president of Atlas Ocean Voyages, told Insider in an email statement.
a bed besides a balcony with views of the ocean
The Quantum of the Sea' Superior Studio Ocean View with a balcony.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based Atlas Ocean Voyages just debuted this month, and it's the first luxury cruise line to join the market in over 20 years, according to the company.
the exterior of the World Navigator
The World Navigator.

Source: Insider

To cater to this solo traveler segment, Atlas Ocean Voyages decided to include single-person suites aboard its first and and only vessel.
a rendering of a bed facing a TV with a window in the back
The Solo Suite available in 2022.
The brand's World Navigator cruise ship has 98 guest rooms that can accommodate just under 200 travelers.
a bed besides a armchair, lights, and a nightstand
The Veranda Stateroom.
Beginning March 2022, the World Navigator will also have six 183-square-foot suites designated for solo travelers.
a rendering of a bed facing a TV with a window in the back
The Solo Suite available in 2022.
These single rooms - which Aliberti says have prompted "very positive responses" - will come with the same perks as the ship's other suites. This includes binoculars and in-room Nespresso coffee, a stocked mini-refrigerator, and bar and butler services.
a rendering of a bed facing a TV with a window in the back
The Solo Suite available in 2022.
Similarly, in July, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings' Oceania Cruises brand announced plans for its Vista cruise ship, which will officially debut in 2023.
a living room with a couch, coffee table, and desk
The Concierge Level Solo Veranda stateroom.

Source: Oceania Cruises

The Miami-based cruise line's upcoming ship will have "concierge level solo veranda staterooms" created for lone travelers, a first for the cruise line.
a bed tucked away in the corner of the suite with the living room in the background
The Concierge Level Solo Veranda stateroom.
Like Atlas Ocean Voyages, solo guests sailing with Oceania will have the same luxury amenities as other concierge level passengers, such as free laundry and access to the Concierge Lounge.
a living room with a couch, coffee table, desk, and bed in the background
The Concierge Level Solo Veranda stateroom.
And according to Aliberti, that's the point. Many of these "underserved" solo travelers want the suite amenities, just not the single supplement payments.
a table with seats and a mirror
The Solo Insider.
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The first new luxury cruise line in over 20 years just debuted in Florida – see inside its first all-inclusive ship

top view of the World Navigator
The World Navigator.
  • Atlas Ocean Voyages is the first luxury cruise brand to debut in over 20 years.
  • Its first ship, the World Navigator, will bring guests to destinations like Antarctica and Greece.
  • Take a look inside the World Navigator and its luxury amenities, including a L'Occitane spa.
  • See more stories on Insider's business page.
A new luxury cruise line just debuted, as the industry continues to make its steady comeback amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
the exterior of the World Navigator
The World Navigator.
In 2019, Portugal-based Mystic Invest Holdings - which oversees several cruise brands - unveiled its plans for the Atlas Ocean Voyages brand.
The keel being lifted in air by a crane with a WestSea shipyard person watching
The World Navigator's keel.

Source: Mystic Invest Holdings

The new cruise line is now fully operating out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida with its first expedition vessel, the World Navigator.
a bed in between two lights and a nightstand
A bed in a stateroom.

Source: Atlas Ocean Voyages

The new brand is a long time coming: It's been two decades since the last debut of a new luxury cruise line, Alberto Aliberti, Atlas Ocean Voyages' president, said.
the exterior of the World Navigator
The World Navigator.

Source: Atlas Ocean Voyages

At the moment, the expedition ship is Atlas Ocean Voyages’ only vessel, but the cruise line has plans to unveil four more ships through 2023.
two seats and a desk by large windows
The Horizon Stateroom.
Let's take a closer look at the recently debuted ship, which can even service one of the most remote continents: Antarctica.
the keel being crane lifted in the air
The World Navigator's keel.
The World Navigator officially launched last Wednesday and is now shuttling passengers to Egypt and Greek islands for seven to 12 nights.
a bed by two seats, a couch, and a desk with a large window in the back
The Horizon Stateroom.
By the end of this year, the cruise ship will also sail around destinations like Barbados, Uruguay, Argentina, and Antarctica.
a bed by two seats, a couch, and a desk with a large window in the back
The Horizon Stateroom.

Source: Atlas Ocean Voyages

The six-deck ship is lined with 98 guest rooms that range from a 183-square-foot stateroom to a 466 square-foot suite, accommodating just under 200 passengers.
a bed besides a armchair, lights, and a nightstand
The Veranda Stateroom.
Beginning March 2022, the ship will also have "solo suites."
a rendering of a bed facing a TV with a window in the back
The Solo Suite available in 2022.
All of these rooms come with amenities like a fully stocked mini-refrigerator, binoculars, Nespresso coffee, and bar services.
a couch facing the TV with a large window in the back
The Navigator Suite.
In typical luxury fashion, passengers with a suite stay will also get butler services.
a bed next to large windows.
The Navigator Suite.
Like any luxury cruise ship, the World Navigator has a pool, gym, and spa, specifically the SeaSpa ...
top view of the World Navigator
The World Navigator.
... which is the "first luxury L'Occitane spa at sea," according to the cruise line.
lounge chairs in the SeaSpa
The Serenity Lounge in the SeaSpa.
The 950-square-foot space has a sauna, lounge, and two treatment rooms for a relaxing day at sea.
a room in the SeaSpa with red lights under the bed
A SeaSpa room.
Besides the spa, on-board entertainment also includes the auditorium and two lounges, which will host programming like cabarets, movies, and lectures.
an empty reception desk with all the lights on
The reception area.
One of the lounges also doubles as an observation room with a glass ceiling.
a bar inside the lounge with the glass ceiling
The Dome Lounge.
There's even water toys like kayaks, paddle boards, and jet skis for off-ship fun.
the exterior of the World Navigator
The World Navigator.
Feeling hungry? The World Navigator has six restaurants, including the global-fare-inspired Porto and the 7Aft Grill steakhouse.
empty dining tables and chairs inside a well lit eatery
The Porto restaurant.
Like other cruise lines that have resumed operations during COVID-19, the World Navigator will still operate with health protocols, such as on-board health screenings and headsets for guests to use during land excursions to promote social distancing.
a shower, sink, and other bathroom amenities
The bathroom in a stateroom.
Prices per guest vary depending on the itinerary.
a bed facing a TV
The Veranda Stateroom.
For example, the upcoming November 11 seven-night sailing from Uruguay to Argentina cruise starts at $5,000 per guest ....
a bath tub, dual sinks, mirrors, and other bathroom amenities
The bathroom inside the Navigator Suite.
… while the nine-night Antarctica cruises start at $10,600.
empty dining tables and chairs inside a well lit eatery
The Porto restaurant.
This price is all-inclusive, which means your ticket will cover the cost of amenities and necessities like WiFi, air fares, unlimited drinks, excursions, and even insurance for emergency medical evacuations.
a counter for food with communal seating in front
Paula's Pantry.
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2 passengers tested positive for COVID-19 on a ‘fully vaccinated’ Royal Caribbean cruise

Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas ship
Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas ship.
  • Two passengers aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise have tested positive for COVID-19.
  • The Adventure of the Seas is currently sailing with a vaccine mandate for passengers 16-years-old and older.
  • The cruise line recently rolled back its vaccine mandate for cruises sailing out of Florida and Texas.
  • See more stories on Insider's business page.

Two passengers aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise sailing from the Bahamas have tested positive for COVID-19, a Royal Caribbean spokesperson confirmed with Insider on Thursday following Cruise Industry News' report.

The two passengers were sailing aboard the Adventure of the Seas, which is currently operating with a sweeping vaccine mandate. All guests 16 years old or older aboard the ship are required to be fully vaccinated. However, the two passengers, both under 16 years old, were unvaccinated, and tested positive during "routine testing that is required before returning home," the spokesperson said.

Both passengers were quarantined after the positive result. One is asymptomatic, while the other is "experiencing mild symptoms," according to the spokesperson. Passengers in their travel group and "close contacts" are all vaccinated, and all tested negative for the virus.

All of the ship's crew and 92% of its passengers are fully vaccinated as per the company's vaccine mandate. The last 8% are people under 16 years old.

Both the passengers and their group disembarked in the Bahamas on Thursday and are now headed back to their home in Florida.

Royal Caribbean initially had a sweeping vaccine mandate for all of its cruises. Earlier in June, the cruise line reversed its requirement to show proof of vaccination for cruises departing from Florida and Texas, two states that have banned vaccine passports.

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A major cruise line just dropped its vaccine requirement for cruises leaving from Florida but there’s an expensive catch for unvaccinated travelers

Celebrity Cruises Celebrity Equinox
Celebrity Cruises' Celebrity Equinox ship.
  • Royal Caribbean's Celebrity Cruises brand rolled back its COVID-19 vaccine mandate for Florida cruises.
  • Unvaccinated passengers will face on-board restrictions, COVID-19 tests, and higher out-of-pocket costs.
  • Cruise lines and Florida have been in a heated standoff over vaccine passports.
  • See more stories on Insider's business page.

Royal Caribbean Group's Celebrity Cruises has rolled back its COVID-19 vaccine mandate for cruises sailing out of Florida ports, as per a June 17 update on Celebrity's website.

The vaccine mandate reversal is the latest update in a heated battle between cruise lines and the state, which has banned vaccine passports. But there's a catch: unvaccinated passengers - or those unwilling to show proof of the vaccine - will face on-board restrictions, extra COVID tests, and subsequently, additional out-of-pocket costs, according to the cruise line.

Compared to vaccinated passengers, this means $178 worth of COVID-19 tests, strict mask requirements, seating restrictions in areas like theaters and casinos, and the possibility of not being able to go ashore depending on local restrictions.

This announcement comes just weeks after Celebrity Cruises' unveiled its resumption of sailing plans aboard the Celebrity Edge. The ship is set to sail this Saturday from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and will be the first revenue cruise to sail from a US port in over a year.

But when the sailing was first announced as "fully vaccinated" in May, DeSantis' office called the cruise line's vaccine mandate "discriminatory."

"Companies doing business in Florida, including Celebrity Cruises, should immediately cease to impose such discriminatory policies upon individuals," Christina Pushaw, DeSantis' press secretary told Insider in an email in May. "Allowing companies like Celebrity Cruises to require 'vaccine passports' for customers would mean tolerating discrimination by private businesses, which is unacceptable in Florida."

However, the cruise line still "strongly recommends" its eligible guests to be vaccinated, a spokesperson told Insider in an email statement.

Why cruise lines are dropping their vaccine mandates

celebrity cruises apex
Celebrity Cruises' Apex.

At the end of May, Celebrity Cruises' sibling brand Royal Caribbean announced a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all guests. However, like Celebrity, this mandate was subsequently rolled back in early June for all cruises sailing out of Florida and Texas.

There's one common reason for this quiet reversal of vaccine mandates: the ban on vaccine passports in states like Florida and Texas, which has created a heated stand-off between cruise lines and the states.

For Florida specifically, in April, the Sunshine State's Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order banning vaccine passports and local business - including cruise lines - from requiring them. And one month later, the state passed a law barring vaccine passports by July 1.

This means any company that violates this proof of vaccination ban could be fined $5,000 for every customer.

"Gov. DeSantis has stated many times that allowing private businesses to require 'vaccine passports' for Floridians taking part in everyday life - attending sporting events, dining at restaurants, or even going on cruises - would create two unequal classes of citizens based on vaccination status," Pushaw wrote in the email statement. "This would be unethical and harmful for society."

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A startup offering to take tourists to space in a ship lifted by an enormous balloon is selling tickets for $125,000 a ride

Spaceship Neptune.
Spaceship Neptune.
  • Space Perspective is building a balloon that will shuttle tourists to the "edge of space."
  • Tickets for the luxury six-hour round trip journey start at $125,000.
  • The Spaceship Neptune will bring tourists above 99% of Earth's atmosphere.
  • See more stories on Insider's business page.
Forget airplanes, cruises, and hotels. Space Perspective wants to take you on a $125,000 luxury trip to the "edge of space," according to the company.
Spaceship Neptune.
Spaceship Neptune.

Space Perspective isn't the only group working to shuttle humans above Earth: several companies are already looking to enter the emerging "space tourism" marketplace, including Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin.

Source: Space Perspective

But don't picture your typical NASA rocket ship.
Spaceship Neptune.
Spaceship Neptune.

Space Perspective sets itself apart from other companies with its balloon design, named Spaceship Neptune. And technically, the Spaceship Neptune will still stay inside the confines of our atmosphere (but more on that in a bit).

This balloon - which is as big as a football stadium - will then shuttle Spaceship Neptune passengers up 100,000 feet.
Spaceship Neptune.
Spaceship Neptune.

The balloon will accompany a pressurized and spacious cabin with reclining seats, creating a comfortable traveling experience for its passengers, according to the company.

Spaceship Neptune's cabin will be built to accommodate up to eight passengers, not including the pilot, on a six-hour-long trip.
Spaceship Neptune.
Spaceship Neptune.

The journey starts at Florida's Kennedy Space Center before sunrise so passengers can view the rising sun from above Earth, Nikki Ekstein reported for Bloomberg.

The journey will begin with a two-hour climb above 99% of the atmosphere.
Spaceship Neptune.
Spaceship Neptune.

Along this six-hour journey, passengers will have access to breakfast, drinks, a bathroom, livestream-capable WiFi, and anti-glare windows for photography, according to Bloomberg and Space Perspective.

From there, passengers will get two hours to take in the view - which includes a glimpse of Earth's curvature - before beginning the two-hour descent back down to Earth's water, where a ship will await to bring passengers back to shore, according to a diagram on Space Perspective's website.
A Space Perspective balloon.
A Space Perspective balloon.

There will also be research equipment aboard the Spaceship Neptune.

Source: Space Perspective

Wannabe space tourists who want a break from Earth's land can now reserve their chance to visit the edge of our planet in late 2024.
A view of Earth at sunrise from the Neptune One test flight
Images from Neptune One's test flight on June 18, 2021.

Space Perspective previously offered private presale tickets, but they all sold out, according to the Bloomberg report.

Plus, you'll be working with experienced hands.
Spaceship Neptune.
Spaceship Neptune.

The co-founders and CEOs of Space Perspective, Jane Poynter and Taber MacCallum, have worked on many space-related projects. This includes serving as "human spaceflight" technical advisors to Elon Musk, according to a press release.

Looking for proof of concept? The company's Neptune One, an unmanned test vehicle, successfully launched from the Space Coast Spaceport, next to NASA's Space Center, on June 18.
A view of Earth at sunrise from the Neptune One test flight
Images from Neptune One's test flight on June 18, 2021.

The Neptune One also shuttled an art installation onboard, because why not.

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A major RV maker now has $14 billion in backlogged orders and is ‘pretty much sold out for the next year’

Thor Industries manufacturing plant in Indiana in 2018
A Thor Industries manufacturing plant in Indiana in 2018.
  • Road travel skyrocketed in popularity during COVID-19, and many RV makers saw a boost in sales.
  • Now, RV maker Thor Industries has a $14.32 billion order backlog.
  • The company is "pretty much sold out for the next year," CEO Bob Martin told CNBC's Jim Cramer on "Mad Money."
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It's no secret the COVID-19 pandemic gave the RV industry a major boost in sales during 2020. Popularity was so high, RV maker Thor Industries now has a $14.32 billion order backlog, the company said in its 2021 third-quarter earnings report on Tuesday.

Thor Industries - which owns RV brands like Jayco and Airstream - first began seeing a boost in sales in May and June of 2020, especially with RV newcomers, Thor Industries' president and CEO Bob Martin told Insider in May 2020. This boom in popularity only continued to grow: Thor achieved $3.46 billion in net sales in Q3 2021, the strongest in the company's history, Martin said in the earnings report. This is a 105.7% increase compared to Q3 2020.

And now, this boost in sales has grown into an over $14 billion order backlog, which is an almost 550% increase compared to the same time in 2020. Taking a closer look, Thor's backlog for towables and motorized RVs by the end of April in North America increased 766% and 548%, respectively, compared to the same time in 2020.

And now, the company is "pretty much sold out for the next year," Martin told CNBC's Jim Cramer on "Mad Money." Many of Thor's dealers also have "virtually no" inventory, but because a large portion of its backlog consists of pre-sold orders, Thor currently won't be able to increase its dealers' inventories, Martin told Cramer.

"Since a significant number of units in our backlog have already been retail sold, we currently believe the restocking cycle will extend well into calendar 2022," Martin said in the earnings report.

To combat this pileup of orders, Thor has and will continue to boost production, according to the company.

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A couple just moved into a 3D-printed concrete home for about $1,400 a month- see what it’s like to live in

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A 3D-printed concrete home with Project Milestone.
  • A couple recently moved into a 1,012-square-foot 3D-printed concrete home in the Netherlands.
  • It's one of five homes that are part of the world's first 3D-printed concrete "commercial housing project."
  • Concrete 3D printed homes could help alleviate the housing crisis and shortage, according to the home's makers.
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On April 30, a Dutch couple began calling a 3D printed concrete house their home.
3d printed concrete home with project milestone
A 3D-printed concrete home with Project Milestone.
The home is based in Eindhoven in the Netherlands.
3d printed concrete home with project milestone
A 3D-printed concrete home with Project Milestone.
It's the first of five 3D-printed homes under "Project Milestone," a collaboration between the Eindhoven University of Technology, the municipality, industry experts, architects, and several private companies.
3d printed concrete home with project milestone
Inside a 3D-printed concrete home with Project Milestone.
Project Milestone serves as the world's first 3D-printed concrete "commercial housing project," according to its maker.
3d printed concrete home with project milestone
Inside a 3D-printed concrete home with Project Milestone.

Source: 3D Printed House

The five homes are being built one at a time, which allows its makers to apply learnings from previous builds into each upcoming home. Each house will be more complex than its predecessors.
3d printed concrete home with project milestone
Inside a 3D-printed concrete home with Project Milestone.
The housing crisis has been escalating in recent years, especially in the US.
3d printed concrete home with project milestone
Inside a 3D-printed concrete home with Project Milestone.

Source: Insider

The project's teams hope to make 3D concrete printing a sustainable home building option to help alleviate this growing housing crisis, according to its makers.
3d printed concrete home with project milestone
A 3D-printed concrete home with Project Milestone.

Source: 3D Printed House

The process of creating a 3D printed home is often seen as more sustainable and faster than traditional homebuilding …
3d printed concrete home with project milestone
Inside a 3D-printed concrete home with Project Milestone.

Source: Insider

... especially because the precise printer used in Project Milestone uses less concrete than traditional construction methods.
3d printed concrete home with project milestone
Inside a 3D-printed concrete home with Project Milestone.
Aesthetics-wise, the printer can also create a more creative and non-traditional home, as seen with this new boulder-shaped house.
3d printed concrete home with project milestone
A 3D-printed concrete home with Project Milestone.
"In addition to affordable homes, the market increasingly demands innovative housing concepts," Yasin Torunoglu, the housing and spatial development alderman at the municipality of Eindhoven, said in a press release.
3d printed concrete home with project milestone
Inside a 3D-printed concrete home with Project Milestone.

Source: 3D Printed House

"With the 3D-printed home, we're now setting the tone for the future: the rapid realization of affordable homes with control over the shape of your own house," Torunoglu continued.
3d printed concrete home with project milestone
Inside a 3D-printed concrete home with Project Milestone.
As of now, 3D-printed homes aren't more affordable than "traditional" homes despite reduced labor costs. However, it's a goal the project is working towards.
3d printed concrete home with project milestone
Inside a 3D-printed concrete home with Project Milestone.

Source: 3D Printed House

This new home is made up of 24 concrete pieces that were printed at a printing plant.
3d printed concrete home with project milestone
A 3D-printed concrete home with Project Milestone.
The pieces were then trucked to the home's final site and assembled on the house's foundation.
3d printed concrete home with project milestone
A 3D-printed concrete home with Project Milestone.
A roof and frames were later added.
3d printed concrete home with project milestone
Inside a 3D-printed concrete home with Project Milestone.
The homes are durable despite this multi-piece process: the units are meant to serve as functioning homes for a few decades.
3d printed concrete home with project milestone
A 3D-printed concrete home with Project Milestone.
The 3D-printed bungalow is now owned by Vesteda, a real estate investor. It'll be rented out to private occupants via six-month contracts at around $1,400 a month.
3d printed concrete home with project milestone
Inside a 3D-printed concrete home with Project Milestone.

Source: 3D Printed House

The home is currently being occupied by two retirees from Amsterdam, The Guardian reported.
3d printed concrete home with project milestone
A 3D-printed concrete home with Project Milestone.

Source: The Guardian

"It has the feel of a bunker - it feels safe," Harrie Dekkers, one of the occupants, told The Guardian.
3d printed concrete home with project milestone
Inside a 3D-printed concrete home with Project Milestone.

Source: The Guardian

Now, let's take a look at the home.
3d printed concrete home with project milestone
A 3D-printed concrete home with Project Milestone.
The almost 1,012-square-foot home has a living room, kitchen, and two bedrooms.
3d printed concrete home with project milestone
Inside a 3D-printed concrete home with Project Milestone.
Its unique "large boulder-shaped" appearance was designed to fit into its surroundings and show off the 3D printer's ability to create unique free-formed buildings.
3d printed concrete home with project milestone
A 3D-printed concrete home with Project Milestone.
Unlike other 3D-printed homes, this unit has a distinctive appearance with its curved walls and spaces.
3d printed concrete home with project milestone
Inside a 3D-printed concrete home with Project Milestone.
Besides its eccentric shape, the interior of the concrete home doesn't look any different than that of a traditional home.
3d printed concrete home with project milestone
Inside a 3D-printed concrete home with Project Milestone.
The front door can be locked and unlocked using a digital key.
3d printed concrete home with project milestone
A 3D-printed concrete home with Project Milestone.

Source: The Guardian

It's also well insulated and comes with connections to a heating system, similar to any modern home.
3d printed concrete home with project milestone
Inside a 3D-printed concrete home with Project Milestone.
The home is also full of large windows for more natural light.
3d printed concrete home with project milestone
A 3D-printed concrete home with Project Milestone.
The living room has an open concept ...
3d printed concrete home with project milestone
Inside a 3D-printed concrete home with Project Milestone.
... which means the kitchen space opens out into the conjoined dining and living room.
3d printed concrete home with project milestone
Inside a 3D-printed concrete home with Project Milestone.
There's even room for a home office inside one of the two bedrooms.
3d printed concrete home with project milestone
Inside a 3D-printed concrete home with Project Milestone.
And of course, there's a bathroom with necessities like sinks and a shower.
3d printed concrete home with project milestone
Inside a 3D-printed concrete home with Project Milestone.
The first unit stands at one story tall. But unlike this unit, future homes in Project Milestone will be multi-leveled.
3d printed concrete home with project milestone
Inside a 3D-printed concrete home with Project Milestone.
The fifth home in the project, which will be two stories tall, will be printed on-site.
3d printed concrete home with project milestone
A 3D-printed concrete home with Project Milestone.

Source: 3D Printed House

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Elon Musk says he supports cryptocurrency in a ‘battle’ with fiat money, like government-backed coins and bills

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Elon Musk.
  • Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted his support for cryptocurrency over fiat money on Saturday.
  • Bitcoin rose shortly after Musk's tweet.
  • Musk has a history of tweeting about cryptocurrency relative to fiat money.
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted his support for crypto over fiat money on Saturday, with Bitcoin prices rising on the sentiment.

"The true battle is between fiat and crypto," Musk tweeted in response to a Twitter user asking him what he thinks about people who are "angry at him because of crypto." "On balance, I support the latter."

Fiat money, which is the kind of currency used by most modern economies, is not backed by a physical commodity like gold. Instead the currency -- like bills or coins-- is backed by the issuing government. The dollar, euro and yen are fiat currencies.

Bitcoin rose to over $38,370 shortly after Musk's tweet. The cryptocurrency has recently seen volatile price fluctuations after Musk said Tesla would stop accepting Bitcoin payments for environmental reasons, and China reiterated that it would "crack down" on Bitcoin mining and trading.

Twitter users familiar with Musk's tweeting habits can likely recall his history of tweeting about cryptocurrencies relative to fiat money. In December 2020, Musk took to Twitter to say that "bitcoin is almost as bs as fiat money." But in February, he clarified this comment, tweeting: "when fiat currency has negative real interest, only a fool wouldn't look elsewhere. Bitcoin is almost as bs as fiat money. The key word is 'almost.'"

Musk's belief in crypto also dominated his recent SNL appearance on May 8 where he called dogecoin the "future of currency" and an "unstoppable financial vehicle that's going to take over the world."

Read more: How Twitter scammers used Elon Musk's 'SNL' appearance to defraud people of millions of dollars

"I haven't and won't sell any doge," Musk later tweeted on May 20, sending the meme-cryptocurrency's value up 15%.

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