19 day Middle East to Mediterranean cruise with flights

Including return international flights, luxury accommodation on-board the superb MSC Seaview, all meals and entertainment whilst cruising, visits to bucket list destinations including Jordan, Greece, Italy and more.

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  • 19 day Middle East to Mediterranean cruise with flights
  • 19 day Middle East to Mediterranean cruise with flights
  • 19 day Middle East to Mediterranean cruise with flights
  • 19 day Middle East to Mediterranean cruise with flights
  • 19 day Middle East to Mediterranean cruise with flights
  • 19 day Middle East to Mediterranean cruise with flights
  • 19 day Middle East to Mediterranean cruise with flights
  • 19 day Middle East to Mediterranean cruise with flights
  • 19 day Middle East to Mediterranean cruise with flights
  • 19 day Middle East to Mediterranean cruise with flights
  • 19 day Middle East to Mediterranean cruise with flights
  • 19 day Middle East to Mediterranean cruise with flights
  • 19 day Middle East to Mediterranean cruise with flights
  • 19 day Middle East to Mediterranean cruise with flights
  • 19 day Middle East to Mediterranean cruise with flights
  • 19 day Middle East to Mediterranean cruise with flights
 

Highlights

 

Take to the high seas and sail from a glittering desert city in the Middle East to an ancient European capital on a 19 day Middle East to Mediterranean cruise.

Your voyage departs from Dubai. This glamorous metropolis is one of the jewels in the United Arab Emirates crown. Known for its ambitious builds, sprawling shopping malls and high-end everything, this city is like a playground for those with a nose for the finer things in life. Use the two days you have here ahead of the cruise departure to explore Dubai however you like. Head indoors for pursuits covering giant aquariums, indoor skiing and upmarket boutiques, or embrace the outdoors by wandering local souks or seeking out the desert fringe for 4WD adventures across the sand dunes.

Embark on your cruise aboard the MSC Seaview. This jaw-dropping ship is akin to a floating 5-star resort. There are swimming pools flanked by sunloungers; a water park with five different slides and racing loops; a theatre for staging Broadway-style productions; and 10 restaurants to dine at and a line-up of 19 bars and lounges. Plus there are bowling alleys, kids’ clubs, and a fully-equipped gym. Everything you need is at your fingertips once you are aboard, and you might think there is no reason to step back onto the mainland until it is time to disembark. The ports made by the cruise itinerary though will no doubt tempt you back onto terra firma. And you have free time in every port the cruise makes so these trips ashore can be as leisurely or as action-packed as you like.

The first stop is another Middle East megacentre: Abu Dhabi in the Arab Emirates. Marvel at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in all of its marble-laden glory, join a guided tour of the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital, explore the Al-Hosn Fort, and take in the view of the city from the 74th floor of the Jumeirah at Etihad Towers hotel. Sail into Salalah in Oman and discover its Arabian Sea beaches, Taqah Castle and banana plantations. Arrive in Aqaba in Jordan and dip a toe into the Red Sea ahead of transiting through the Suez Canal into Egyptian waters. Have a day to wander around Heraklion, the capital of Crete. Meander the ruins at the Palace of Knossos, an incredible archaeological site just outside the city, or snap up a table at a waterfront café or restaurant to simply while away an afternoon people-watching and savouring examples of Greek cuisine. The MSC Seaview drops final anchor in Civitavecchia in Italy; the port gateway to Rome. Seek out this ancient city’s most famous landmarks – the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and Roman Forum – or set your sights on vibrant local markets, getting lost in old cobblestone neighbourhoods, day trips to Naples or Pompeii, or tracking down heaving platefuls of cacio e pepe, fried suppli and square cuts of pizza al taglio.  

 
 

Day 1: Australia – airplane-takeoff – Dubai

You make your own way to the airport at the appropriate time to catch a flight to Dubai.

Day 2: Dubai (D)

Your flight lands in Dubai, the glittering desert city of the United Arab Emirates. You make your way to the port to settle into your cabin aboard the MSC Seaview and complete the embarkation process. The cruise doesn’t depart until tomorrow evening however, so you have the rest of today and the following day as free time to explore Dubai however you like. This is a truly remarkable city that sees modern technologies and innovations sit alongside old world traditions and cultures. There is an abundance of things to do, see and experience.

Take in some of the city’s most striking builds, such as the Burj Khalifa and the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah. You can even head up to the observation deck at the former for incredible views across the surrounding skyline. Learn more about Dubai’s history at the Dubai Museum, which charts the city’s path from fishing village to uber-contemporary world hub. Wander through the Al Fahidi Historic District, The Gold Souk or the Spice Souk, or make for Dubai Mall – the largest in the world – to visit The Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo or the Dubai Ice Rink. 

Day 3: Dubai (B, L, D) cruise-icon

You again have today as free time to explore Dubai until the cruise departs at about 10pm this evening. Stop at Jumeirah Mosque – the only one of its kind in the city that is open to non-Muslim visitors – and catch the choreographed water show at the Dubai Fountain. Or head away from the city limits on a desert safari (this needs to be booked through operators in the city) that might see you traverse dunes in a 4WD or from the back of a camel. Some excursions also include meals or tea taken in a traditional Bedouin-style tent. No matter how you choose to spend your time around Dubai, be sure to return to the MSC Seaview with plenty of time ahead of tonight’s departure.

Day 4: Abu Dhabi (B, L, D) cruise-icon

The cruise makes its first port in Abu Dhabi. The capital of the United Arab Emirates is not unlike Dubai in that it promises extravagant landmarks and hotels, and a wealth of modern architecture. Devotees of retail therapy will love the over-the-top shopping malls teeming with high-end boutiques and designer brands, and culture-vultures can admire historic mosques. Amble along the waterfront Corniche to get your bearings and walk past the string of playgrounds, beaches, art installations and gardens that line this sun-kissed promenade. Be in awe of the grand size of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and its collision of architectural influences – like nuances from Europe, Middle East and more. Make for Mangrove National Park to uncover the bounty of this ecosystem, or motor into Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, the mammoth amusement park devoted to the world-famous car manufacturer.

Day 5: At Sea (B, L, D) cruise-icon

Today marks the first full day you’ll spend at sea, and it is a prime opportunity to delve deeper into everything offered aboard the MSC Seaview. Dining, entertainment and leisure facilities abound on-board, from 10 incredible restaurants and eateries, to the swimming pools, multi-storey aquapark, theatre, bowling alleys and more. Perhaps use today to familiarise yourself with the ship’s deck plans and layout, mentally making note where the activities, restaurants and lounges you want to experience first are located – so you waste no time finding it in the days to come.

Day 6: At Sea (B, L, D) cruise-icon

All of your meals are included while cruising aboard the MSC Seaview, and the ship boasts an incredible 10 restaurants to make sure you never go hungry. Plus there are 19 bars and lounges for when you feel like relaxing with your favourite sundowner or tipple. There is a mix of main and specialty diners aboard. The main restaurants dish up Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, while each of the specialty eateries excels within its own remit. Savour flavours from Japan and Hawaii at Pan Asian Market Kitchen by Roy Yamaguchi, or dine on divine seafood dishes at Ocean Cay Restaurant. (The latter also boasts a chef’s table for those seeking an even more remarkable dining experience). Feast on prime cuts of the world’s best steaks at Butcher’s Cut, or say bonjour to the French cuisine of Atelier Bistrot – even offering the likes of escargot and foie gras. Travelling with kids? Make a beeline for the dedicated family-friendly fare at Biscayne Bay Restaurant & Buffet on deck 16.

The restaurants aren’t the only place to sate your appetite or thirst, however. Sweet tooths will be drawn to the Venchi 1878 Chocolate Bar and Venchi 1878 Gelato & Creperie. Sip on the expertly-mixed cocktails at Haven Lounge, cheers to your cruise with a flute of sparkling at Champagne Bar, or kickback with a drink at the poolside Aurea Bar. There is even a dedicated space for teenagers, the Garage Club.

Day 7: Salalah (B, L, D) cruise-icon

Sail into Salalah this morning. This is the capital city of the Dhofar province in the south of Oman. Salalah thrives in the wet/monsoon season and becomes blanketed with greenery, water springs and waterfalls during this period known as Khareef. Head to Salalah’s most popular stretch of sand at Al Mughsail Beach, or admire the Sultan Qaboos Mosque or Taqah Castle. Make the trip out to the ruins of the old city of Sumhuram where you can see the summer palace of the Queen of Sheba.

Day 8: At Sea (B, L, D) cruise-icon

Return to the high seas to spend the next four days sailing towards Jordan. With so much uninterrupted time spent cruising, there is nothing to get in between you and taking advantage of the entertainment and leisure facilities flaunted by the MSC Seaview. Put on your bathers to visit the Forest Aquaventure Park to whizz down one of the five waterslides, or check out the performance schedule for the Odeon Theatre and plan to attend one of the Broadway-style spectacles. Lace up shoes to hit the lanes of one of the two full-size bowling alleys.

Day 9: At Sea (B, L, D) cruise-icon

Consult today’s activity schedule to find out about any dance classes, bingo, trivia, tournaments and more that are on the agenda. Seek out the tables at the Platinum Casino, or work up a sweat by taking to the basketball court or soccer pitch at the Sports Arena. There is also a fully-equipped gym, and even a zipline that takes you across the sports courts and Panorama Beach Pool (please note a ride on the zipline comes at additional cost).

Day 10: At Sea (B, L, D) cruise-icon

Look to have today at a more leisurely pace. Nab a sunlounger by one of the pools. Choose from the main Panorama Pool, the adults-only Sunset Beach Pool, or the Jungle Pool that doubles as the ship’s solarium. Soak for a while in the hot tubs on any of the pool decks, or make pampering your main focus of the day with trips to the Beauty Arcade or treatments from the MSC Aurea Spa. Bunker down with a read from the Library or rack up a game in the Billiard Room.

Day 11: At Sea (B, L, D) cruise-icon

Continue enjoying the wealth of activities, bars and restaurants, and entertainment facilities aboard the ship today.

Day 12: Aqaba (B, L, D) cruise-icon

Cruise into Aqaba, a resort city on the shores of the Red Sea in Jordan, this morning. The scheduled time of arrival is about 7am and the MSC Seaview departs at 7pm, so you have the entire day to explore the city however you like. Aqaba is a popular destination for divers with world-class sites – including coral reefs and a sunken plane – to explore. You don’t need to don a full wetsuit or oxygen tank to uncover the wealth of watery wonders however, and snorkellers can paddle over the top of coral and brightly-coloured fish just a few metres out from the pebbly beaches. To see the more cultural and historical side of Aqaba, seek out the Aqaba Fortress or Sharif Hussein bin Ali Mosque.

Day 13: Suez Canal (B, L, D) cruise-icon

The MSC Seaview begins its voyage through the Suez Canal today. This manmade waterway is the major route that connects Europe with Asia, providing a link between the Mediterranean and Red Seas. The transit through the Canal takes about two days and sees you cruise past the Egyptian coastline as you go. Admire the passing-by landscape from a lounge up on one of the decks, or from a windowfront perch at one of the bars or lounges.

Day 14: Suez Canal (B, L, D) cruise-icon

The cruise continues through the Suez Canal.

Day 15: At Sea (B, L, D) cruise-icon

You have officially crossed into the waters of the Mediterranean and to prepare for your first port in Europe you might be tempted to pick up some new purchases from any of the ship’s boutiques and stores. Browse for watches and sunglasses on deck 7, or peruse for clothing and jewels at the shop on deck 8. There are also boutiques for fine jewellery, perfumes, make up and accessories.

Day 16: Heraklion (B, L, D) cruise-icon

Heraklion is a port city on the island of Crete. Also known as Iraklio, the city is home to the striking Palace of Knossos. This vast archaeological site is located just outside the city and holds remains of the Minoan civilisation. You can learn more about this ancient society at the Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Other things to do in Heraklion include seeing the Koules Fortress, wander the Old Town precinct, or stroll barefoot along the beautiful Ammoudara Beach.

Day 17: At Sea (B, L, D) cruise-icon

This is your final day at sea and the last day of the cruise. Now is the time to dine at favourite restaurants, sip favourite cocktails, schedule in last-minute spa appointments, or see another theatre performance.

Day 18: Civitavecchia – airplane-takeoff – Australia (B)

Sail into Civitavecchia in Italy. This is your port city for venturing into Rome, the iconic Italian capital city. Those staying on in Italy thanks to Flexi Flights can make their way into the Eternal City and enjoy their time in this magnificent destination. Otherwise, head to the airport after disembarking the MSC Seaview and begin your return journey to Australia.

Day 19: Australia

Arrive back in Australia today.

 

Inclusions

 
  • Return international flights with a full service airline 
  • Option to extend your stay with Flexi Flights
  • 16 nights’ luxury accommodation aboard the MSC Seaview
  • All meals while on-board the cruise
  • Tick off bucket list destinations as you set foot in Jordan, Greece, the UAE and more!
  • Admire the shores of Egypt while transiting the Suez Canal
  • Departing 12 March 2021
  • Exclusive offer! Book now and get $100 spending money for your trip when you open an HSBC Everyday Global Account*, visit our Promotions page for more detail
 

Fine Print

 

How to book:

  • Bookings essential
  • Voucher valid for 1 person (must purchase 2 vouchers)
  • Must book minimum 65 days prior to departure
  • Book early to secure your desired date and time

Payment Information:

  • A deposit of $799 per person is due at the time of purchase in order to secure your date
  • All peak season surcharges, interstate surcharges (if applicable), Flexi Flight cost are also due at the time of purchase and will be reflected at the checkout stage
  • Final payment is due 120 days prior to travel. If you book within 120 days of travel, you will be sent an invoice within 7 days for final payment
  • Up to 12 Months Interest Free available: https://exclusives.webjet.com.au/up-to-12-months-interest-free/
  • Invoices will be emailed to you in advance and it is your responsibility to ensure payments are made prior to the due date
  • Should payment not be received by the due date, your booking will be cancelled and all prior payments will remain strictly non-refundable
  • All payments received are strictly non-refundable and non-transferable
  • Your tour is subject to availability at the time of your booking. We advise you to book early to avoid disappointment

Excludes:

  • Travel insurance
  • Transfers 
  • Visas
  • Personal expenses
  • Shore excursions
  • Gratuities  
  • Anything not mentioned or “optional” in the itinerary

Single Supplement:

Inside Cabin – $1,199 per person in addition to the twin share price
Oceanview Cabin – $1,699 per person in addition to the twin share price
Balcony Cabin – $2,199 per person in addition to the twin share price

Please purchase one twin share voucher and then purchase your single supplement. You can purchase your single supplement by clicking here.

As a single traveller, enjoy the comforts of your private cruise cabin and indulge in the spacious amenities of your own hotel rooms. Travelling by yourself will ensure your trip is not only memorable but truly exclusive!   

Tour Only: To purchase this tour without the return international flights, navigate to the yellow “Tour Only” button. By selecting this option, all airport transfers (if applicable) will be forfeited. Please refer to the live calendar to view and select Tour Only start date.

Group Size: Please note this is an independent tour, and as such, you will enjoy the company of fellow cruise passengers while sailing. Accompanying guides are not provided except where mentioned in the tour itinerary.

Children: Minimum age 2 years. Same price as adults.

Transfers: Transfers are not included in this package. Transfers are based on one group departure time. The entire group will be transferred to the airport together.

One way Rome pier to the airport at the end of the cruise – $50 per person. To purchase, please click here

Accommodation: The accommodation listed below may be subject to change, but will remain of a similar or higher standard. Any changes remain beyond our control and all efforts are made to communicate these as soon as possible. We endeavour to always book non-smoking rooms however these cannot be guaranteed. Rooms offered are based on a lead in room type and any bedding configuration preferences are on a request basis only.

Cruise: MSC Seaview

Cruise: MSC Seaview rewrites the rule book of cruise ship design, blending indoor and outdoor areas to connect you with the sea like never before. Circling the ship as low as Deck 7 is a unique seafront promenade lined with places to eat, drink, shop, swim and sunbathe. And you can enjoy superb views from the two glass-floored catwalks and panoramic elevators.

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Cabins

  • Inside Cabin – Internal cabins without any outside views. 
  • Oceanview Cabin – Ocean views through a window or porthole. 
  • Veranda Cabin – Private veranda with outdoor seating. Please note, veranda cabin includes ocean views and could also include views of safety equipment such as lifeboats.

Some cabin features include:

  • Comfortable double bed which can be converted in two single beds (on request)
  • Wardrobe
  • Bathroom with shower
  • Interactive TV
  • Telephone
  • Safe
  • Wifi connection available (for a fee)
  • Mini bar
  • Air conditioning
  • 24 hours room service 

Bedding: 1 x double bed or 2 x single beds

Please note, all bedding configurations are on the request basis only and cannot be guaranteed.

Maximum room capacity: 2 people

Triple Share: Not available 

Please note, all cabins will be allocated by the cruise line. Veranda cabin includes ocean views and could also include views of safety equipment such as lifeboats.
Some cabin will get allocated a cabin number by the Cruiseline no earlier than within 30 days of sailing and any cabin location requests cannot be guaranteed.

Health: Different levels of travel involve varying degrees of activity and we recommend a good level of fitness and health in order to fully experience the package and optional tours purchased, including site-seeing by foot, climbing of stairs or extended day touring. It remains each passenger’s responsibility to inform Webjet Exclusives of any health or mobility issues that may impact the running of the tour, both for the safety of the passenger concerned and for other travellers in the group.

Travel Insurance: Help cover yourself for the unexpected with Webjet Travel Insurance, we highly recommend it. Click here for a quote.

Visas: Visas are not included. It is the traveller’s responsibility to ensure they meet the visa requirements for the country they are visiting. Webjet Exclusives is unable to provide visa advice.

For Visa assistance, please visit Webjet’s Travel Visa Service page

*$100 spending money offer valid for any Webjet Exclusives tour or resort booking made at www.exclusives.webjet.com.au. Eligible bookings will receive a unique account application link from Webjet Exclusives via email within 72 hours of making a booking. Any HSBC Everyday Global Account applications not made via this link or if the booking is cancelled, the offer will not be fulfilled/paid. One (1) offer will be paid per booking. The offer is a 100 AUD deposit into the newly opened HSBC Everyday Global Accounts and the activated Visa Debit card. The offer may take up to 6 weeks to be fulfilled/paid. Webjet Exclusives reserves the right to withdraw this promotion at any time. The email address entered at the time of booking will be used as the primary contact. Webjet Exclusives’ standard booking terms and conditions apply. For more information go to www.hsbc.com.au/accounts/offers/everyday-global/webjet/

 

Travel Dates

 

2021:

12 March

Availability on departure dates listed in Fine Print is subject to change. True availability is shown on the availability calendar after clicking on the BOOK NOW button. 

Tour Only option – Navigate to the yellow “Tour Only” button and select “Book Now” to view live availability. Note, Tour Only option commences on Day 2 of the flight-inclusive itinerary.

Bookings not accepted when within 65 days of departure. 

 

Flight Information

 

Airline Information:

  • Return economy airfares departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth with Emirates and their codeshare partners
  • Flights include one piece of carry-on and one checked-in baggage per person
  • Once your booking is confirmed it will remain non-refundable and non-transferable

 Flight Conditions:

  • Note that the total length of the package includes time spent in flight as specified in the itinerary
  • Some flights may depart a day before/after, involve up to 3 transits, stopover or a substitute airline
  • Full names (First, Middle & Surname) as per passport must be provided at the time of booking. Names cannot be changed once booked
  • One-way flights cannot be accommodated. All flights within the package must be utilised, any flight intentionally forfeited will result in later flights being cancelled
  • All flights have been booked to meet minimum connection times as per airline policy and fare rules
  • Flight itineraries will be provided with final documentation
  • Airline schedule changes can occur and are beyond our control. If you have received your documents an updated itinerary will be provided.
  • In the event you need to make any changes post booking, an additional cost of $250 per person plus any airline fees and additional airfare and taxes will apply. These requests are also subject to seat and cabin class availability

Flexi Flight Options: 

Arrive early and/or extend your stay:

  • If you wish to arrive earlier and/or extend your stay this can be accommodated for an additional $250.00 per person when flying in and out of the same cities per the itinerary
  • To arrive early or extend your stay, you must detail at the time of booking how many days you wish to extend via the dropdown selections.
  • Flights will be booked using the promotional carrier outlined above in the Airline Information along with any codeshare partners. Tickets will be issued as per the request in the booking form and emailed to you. Any further change requests post booking will incur change fees so please ensure you confirm your exact dates at the time of booking.
  • Accommodation outside the tour itinerary will need to be arranged at your own expense. In the event you arrive early or extend your stay, you will forfeit any included airport transfers (where applicable) and will need to make your own way to and from the airport.
  • In the event you need to make any changes after flights have been ticketed, an additional cost of $250.00 per person plus any airline fees and additional airfare and taxes will apply.
  • Your airline tickets will automatically be issued per the dates and itinerary of the tour unless otherwise advised at the time of completing the booking form.

Change your itinerary routing:

  • If you wish to change your arrival and/or departure city this can be done for an additional $400.00 per person. For example, your tour may begin and end in Zurich, but you may wish to fly into London, make your own way to Zurich then fly out of Zurich at the conclusion of the tour.
  • To change your arrival and/or departure city you must detail this at the time of the booking within the special requests box by advising the airport you wish to fly into and the airport you wish to fly out of
  • Changes to the arrival and/or departure cities must be on the same continent as the original arrival/departure city of the tour itinerary.
  • Flights will be booked using the promotional carrier outlined above in the Airline Information along with any codeshare partners. Tickets will be issued as per the request in the special request box on the booking form and emailed to you. Any further change requests post booking will incur change fees so please ensure you confirm your exact dates at the time of booking.
  • In the event you require additional internal flights to meet the tours arrival or departure points, these will need to be booked by the individual customer at their own expense. It is the responsibility of the customer to make sure they allow ample time to connect with the start/end of the tour.
  • Accommodation outside the tour itinerary will need to be arranged at your own expense. In the event you make changes to your flight itinerary you will forfeit any included airport transfers (where applicable) and you will need to make your own way to and from the airport.
  • In the event you need to make any changes after flights have been ticketed, the cost is an $250.00 per person plus any airline fees and additional airfare and taxes will apply
  • Your airline tickets will automatically be issued per the dates and itinerary of the tour unless otherwise advised at the time of completing the booking form.

Premium Economy and Business Class Upgrades (where available):

  • Premium economy and business class upgrades may be available on select itineraries and airlines. Please select your preferred cabin class from the drop-down box on the booking form at the time of completing the booking form.
  • Upon completing your booking, a quote will be sent via email which includes the additional amount due per person should you wish to proceed with the upgrade, together with the payment due date which is typically 24-48 hours.
  • In the event we don’t hear from you at all we will proceed with issuing economy class tickets as per the deal inclusions and send these through to you via email.
  • The flights will be quoted using the promotional carrier outlined above along with their codeshare partners in the Airline Information
  • Any additional accommodation outside the tour itinerary will need to be arranged at your own expense. Any alteration to the original flight itinerary offered will forfeit the included airport transfers (if applicable) and you will need to make your own way to and from the airport.
  • In the event you need to make any changes post booking, the cost is $250.00 per person plus any airline fees and additional airfare and taxes will apply. You may still subject to seat availability upgrade from economy to premium economy or business class.

Tour Only:

  • Tour only options may be available on selected deals, please refer to the fine print tab of the deal for specifics
  • Any additional accommodation outside the tour itinerary will need to be arranged at your own expense. Any alteration to the original flight itinerary offered will forfeit the included airport transfer (if applicable) and you will need to make your own way to and from the airport
  • All tour only bookings remain strictly non-refundable, non-changeable and non-transferable from the time of purchase. Webjet Exclusives will not be able to assist with flight change requests/schedule changes for airfares not booked by Webjet Exclusives.

 

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Package Inclusions
  • Return international flights with a full service airline 
  • Option to extend your stay with Flexi Flights
  • 16 nights’ luxury accommodation aboard the MSC Seaview
  • All meals while on-board the cruise
  • Departing 12 March 2021
  • Exclusive offer! Book now and get $100 spending money for your trip when you open an HSBC Everyday Global Account*, visit our Promotions page for more detail
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