7 Night Southern Caribbean Cruise on Vision of the Seas from San Juan, Puerto Rico Bridgetown, Barbados Bathsheba Beach Rock Formation
The 7 Night Southern Caribbean Cruise from San Juan, Puerto Rico visits Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; Fort De France, Martinique; Castries, St. Lucia; Bridgetown, Barbados; San Juan, Puerto Rico. Explore our cruise itineraries and choose from a variety of rooms depending on your needs and budget. Start planning your next cruise vacation by selecting a destination and departure port.
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7 Night Southern Caribbean Cruise
Itinerary Overview
Explore Vision of the Seas
Day 1 - San Juan, Puerto Rico
Day 2 - Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Day 3 - Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
Day 4 - Fort De France, Martinique
Day 5 - Castries, St. Lucia
Day 6 - Bridgetown, Barbados
Day 7 - Cruising
Day 8 - San Juan, Puerto Rico
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Bridgetown, Barbados Bathsheba Beach Rock Formation
Rock formations on the shores of Bathsheba Beach, on a sunny day in Bridgetown, Barbados
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7 Night Southern Caribbean Cruise

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Leaving from
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Onboard
Vision of the Seas
Day Port
1
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Departs at 8:30 PM
2
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Tendered from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
3
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
From 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
4
Fort De France, Martinique
From 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
5
Castries, St. Lucia
From 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
6
Bridgetown, Barbados
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
7
Cruising
Day at sea
8
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Arrives at 6:00 AM
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Vision of the Seas
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Vision of the Seas, Side View, Caribbean Cruise Destinations
Side View of Vision of the Seas Cruise Ship Visiting Puerto Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico
Get to know
Vision of the Seas
You'll gain a new perspective of adventure onboard Vision of the Seas®, and we don't just mean the views at the top of the Rock Climbing Wall. From classic sips at R Bar to disco dancing in Boogie Wonderland, this ship is a spectacle to behold.

ALL-AROUND AMAZING

Spend your sea days catching a movie on the poolside screen or learning how to flambé with a seasoned chef in a culinary class. Or get top-notch views on the Rock Climbing Wall, then visit Vitality℠ at Sea Spa and Fitness Center. With so much to do onboard, adventure is always in sight.

TASTEBUD TRAILBLAZING

Grab a classic cocktail at the retro-inspired R Bar then chow down on select steakhouse faves at Chop's Grille℠. For a Far East feast, head to Izumi. And get ready for an elevated epicurean experience at Chef's Table.

CASTING CALL

Magic happens when the curtain goes up onboard Vision of the Seas®. We're talking peace, love and disco beats in Boogie Wonderland, show tunes galore in Broadway Rhythm & Rhyme, and guest entertainers that know how to rock your vacation with stellar performances.

Day 1: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Day 1
San Juan
Puerto Rico
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San Juan, Puerto Rico Fort
San Juan, Puerto Rico historic Fort San Felipe Del Morro.
Things to do in
San Juan
Departs at 8:30 PM
Puerto Rico’s 500-year-old capital is a history buff’s dream come true. The Spanish settled this harbor as a New World home base, and that influence is still evident, from the fortress walls lining the coastline to the rainbow of colonial buildings along narrow streets. Venture further out from the old town and nature unfolds. You can scale high into the jungled mountains of El Yunque Forest, or keep to the foothills on a riverside horseback ride. If despacito is more your speed, pick a pristine beach and recline with codfish fritter and rum drink in hand. San Juan cruises give you the perfect outpost to dial up or dial down your vacation.
Puerto Rico, San Juan Old City
Couple Sitting on Top of Historical Fort

PASSPORT TO THE PAST

From the moment you arrive, you’ll find that San Juan, Puerto Rico is bursting at the seams with unforgettable cultural discoveries. Every alleyway in Old San Juan offers a glimpse into a vibrant past that stretches back centuries, while monuments like the UNESCO World Heritage site Castillo San Felipe del Morro will make you feel as though you’ve wandered back in time. Dating back to the mid-nineteenth century, the beloved Paseo de La Princesa in the city’s historic center is a great place to experience Puerto Rico’s rich cultural heritage up close.
Insider tip
The free, open-air trolleys in Old San Juan are a great way to see the city’s top sites.
Puerto Rico Isla Verde
Puerto Rico Isla Verde Shores

SHORES GALORE

Puerto Rico is the third largest island in the United States, so it should come as no surprise that there’s a beach here for every kind of adventurer. You’ll find world-class surfing and plenty of water sports in Rincon on the island’s west side. Secluded shores with crystal clear waters and colorful coral reefs on Flamenco Beach in Culebra. Family-friendly beaches with plenty of cafes and shopping along star-studded El Condado — nicknamed ‘The Rivera of the Caribbean.’ And an Instagrammer’s paradise in Vieques Playa Negra, which draws beachgoers from around the world with its unique black sand.
Insider tip
Wear comfortable walking shoes. The cobblestoned streets in Old San Juan can be steep and uneven.
Puerto Rico Local Crafts
Puerto Rico Local Shopping

SHOP ‘TILL YOU DROP

Craving a bit of retail therapy? Puerto Rico has plenty of options. The boho-chic neighborhood of Santurce is your go-to for shops selling some of Puerto Rico’s leading local designers. If international designers and high-end boutiques are more your style, you can spend hours browsing the storefronts in glitzy El Condado. And on Cristo and Fortaleza Streets in Old San Juan you’ll find some of the best souvenirs and artisanal souvenirs on the island — think finely-crafted lace and jewelry, hand-rolled cigars, colorful guayaberas, and Puerto Rico’s brightly-colored papier-mâché vejigante masks.

Day 2: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Day 2
Punta Cana
Dominican Republic
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Punta Cana, Dominican Republic Sting Ray Underwater
Sting Ray swimming in the deep blue ocean in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Things to do in
Punta Cana
Tendered from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Punta Cana is one of the top beach destinations in the Caribbean— and for good reason. It’s a tropical hot spot where the Dominican sun shines and tranquil waters lap sugary sands fringed by shady coconut palms. During your Punta Cana cruise, all out adventure lies just beyond the shore. The warm, shallow waters off Playa Bavaro are perfect for snorkeling with stingrays, and you can explore sunken shipwrecks like The Astron. Fish for trophy-size catches on a marlin charter. Or ride horse-back along the shore of Uvero Alto. There are endless ways to explore, from treetop ziplining in La Hacienda Park to spelunking in underground caves like La Cueva de Rulfo.
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic Parrot Wildlife Nature
Close encounters with a parrot during hikes through the rain forests in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Close Encounters

Explore the tropical wilderness of the Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park and Reserve, by Segway or on foot. This 1,500-acre private protected forest is home to 12 freshwater swimming lagoons, cultural exhibits, a petting zoo, an iguana habitat, and native endangered animal species.
Insider tip
Most restaurants add a 10% service charge to the check. It is customary to add 5-10% more for exceptional service.
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic Mountain Top Swing Set Views
Views from the top of Montana Redonda in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic where you can find a swing set on the mountain top

No Filter Needed

Get your camera ready to take the ultimate selfie atop Montaña Redonda, the best viewpoint on the island. The summit area not only offers 360-degree mountain and sea panoramas, but also has shops and a restaurant— local guides will even take you paragliding off the mountain, if you dare.
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic Golf Course Sunset
Sunset on the golf courses of Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Hole In One

Tee off and play a round of golf— Punta Cana is known for the most scenic courses in the Caribbean. Many local greens, designed by the likes of acclaimed golf course architects Jack Nicklaus and Tom Fazio, are open to non-resort guests, with lessons and club rentals available during your Punta Cana cruise.
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic Lobster Cuisine
Grilled lobster with fresh mangos is the local cuisine in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Local Cuisine

Lunch might entail Caribbean spiny lobster or hearty sancocho stew. If it’s snack time, try crunchy yaniqueques or sweet coconut memelos. Then for dinner indulge in the signature parrillada mixta (grilled seafood). Feeling thirsty? A Presidente lager or Mamajuana (herbs soaked in rum, red wine and honey) should do the trick.
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic Shopping Tourism Dolls
Wooden carved and painted traditional dolls in the shops in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Shopping

Be prepared to barter if shopping at kiosks along the beachfront resort area. In the bazaar-like Bi2JH2O Artisanal Shopping Plaza you’ll find paintings, wood carvings and coral jewelry. The Galerías at Puntacana Village is a popular outdoor retail spot, while the upscale Palma Real Shopping Village carries high-end international brands.

Day 3: Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

Day 3
Charlotte Amalie
St. Thomas
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Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas Beach Boats
Boats gathered in St. Thomas Bay on a sunny day
Things to do in
Charlotte Amalie
From 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Charlotte Amalie is one of the world’s most beautiful harbors; blue waters peppered with sailboats and green hills dotted with quaint little cottages make for post-card perfect brags. Just outside the lively port town, you’ll find ribbons of powdery sand beaches dotted with hammocks. Cruise to St. Thomas and explore colonial landmarks like Blackbeard’s Castle or raise a pint of the local lager at quaint microbreweries. And when it’s time to fuel up, you’ll find plenty of beachside bars serving conch fritters, johnnycakes, and coconut patties. St. Thomas may technically be part of the U.S., but with its colorful markets, unspoiled beaches, and the ever-present sound of steel drums, you’ll feel a world away.
Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas, Magens Bay Beach
Palm trees and white sand, Magens Bay beach, Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas

Beach Hop ‘Till You Drop

St. Thomas is home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Ditch the crowds for some prime snorkeling at Sapphire Beach. And of course, no visit is complete without a stop at Magen’s Bay, named one of the world’s most beautiful beaches by National Geographic.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, Cable Cars
Cables cars in St. Thomas, USVI

Panoramic Views of Paradise

St. Thomas’s central mountain range offers endless opportunities to snag the ultimate panoramic selfie. Head to Government Hill, Drake’s Seat on Skyline Drive, and Mountain Top, which rises over 1,500 feet above sea level for the most bragworthy views.
Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas, Old Lutheran Church
Front of the Old Lutheran Church during a clear sky sunny day in Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas

Journey Into the Past

Just off Main Street, visit the St. Thomas Synagogue and Frederick Lutheran Church, each the second oldest of its kind in the Western Hemisphere. Stop by Blackbeard’s Castle, built in 1679, and see the world’s largest collection of life-sized pirate statues. Or climb the legendary 99 Steps built by 18th century Danes, using bricks that once served as ship ballast.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, Cod with sides of Callaloo and Johnny Cakes
Cod fish with sides of Callaloo and Johnny Cakes

Local Cuisine

St. Thomas is a foodie’s haven, and you’ll find no shortage of bars and pubs serving up local favorites like St. John Brewers Virgin Islands beer and Blackbeard Ale™. West Indian fare, like callaloo (sautéed leafy greens) and Johnnycakes (cornmeal flatbreads), is a staple. And you absolutely can’t leave without trying some chocolate dipped coconut patties. In restaurants and bars, you may wish to add a gratuity of 15-20% to your bill if service was especially good.

Day 4: Fort De France, Martinique

Day 4
Fort De France
Martinique
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Fort de France, Martinique, Anses-d'Arlet Beach Dock
Dock on beach at Anses-d'Arlet in Martinique
Things to do in
Fort De France
From 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Fort-de-France is the largest city in the French West Indies— and it has personality to match. Life here is vibrant and fast-paced, and the culture is as colorful as the brightly painted shops that line the city’s cobblestone streets. Cruise to Martinique and visit the 17th century Fort St. Louis park in La Savane for a taste of local history. Or stop by the Cathedrale St. Louis, one of the city’s most iconic landmarks. If it’s beaches you’re after, Plage Anse d’Arlet is one of the island’s best. The sand here is golden, and the beach is dotted with plenty of bars and French-Caribbean fusion restaurants perfect for seaside snacks.
Fort de France, Martinique, Chateau Dubuc Ruins
Chateau Dubuc Ruins in Fort de France, Martinique

Chateau Show

Located at the end of the Caravele Peninsula, the ruins of Chateau Dubuc date back to the 17th century. Legend has it the master of the estate once used lanterns to lure ships into wrecking off the coast so he could steal their loot.
Insider tip
If you're looking to get around easily, keep an eye out for minivans marked "TC" for "taxis collectifs" — these are taxis for hire.
Fort de France, Martinique, St. Pierre
Coast of St. Pierre in Fort de France, Martinique

Rum In The Sun

Explore Martinique’s former capital, St. Pierre, which was once called “the Paris of the Caribbean.” While you’re there, stop at a local rum distillery, like the Distilierie Depaz, for a sample.
Insider tip
While tipping isn't normally expected here, you can round up your bill to the nearest euro if you feel you've received exceptional service.
Fort de France, Martinique, Accras de Morue
Accras de morue fish balls in Fort de France

Local Cuisine

Surrounded by both the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, Martinique's cuisine is an exotic mix of African, French and Creole influences. Try the popular accras de morue (fish fritters), Le matautou de crabe (stuffed crab) or le feroce d'avocat (spicy salt fish) in Fort-de-France's restaurants, situated mostly near the Porte d'Afrique.
Fort de France, Martinique, Starfruit Shopping
Basket of starfruit in a market in Fort de France

Shopping

You'll sense the island's French flair and sophistication in shopping districts like Rue Victor Hugo, lined with boutiques carrying items from Paris and the French Riviera. And don't forget about Grand Marche in Fort-de-France, the sprawling bazaar featuring local herbs, spices and produce.

Day 5: Castries, St. Lucia

Day 5
Castries
St. Lucia
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Castries, St Lucia, Anse La Raye Fishing Boats
Fishing boats on the bay of Anse La Raye, Castries, St. Lucia
Things to do in
Castries
From 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
From dramatic landscapes molded by ancient volcanoes to sparkling palm-fringed beaches, St. Lucia is some amazing Caribbean eye candy. Luxury resorts nestle up to the natural beauty, giving this island just the right touch of exclusivity. Cruise to St. Lucia and explore the coast by catamaran. Hike to the peaks of the soaring twin Pitons. Tour rainforests and explore the fishing villages of Anse-La-Raye. In the capital of Castries, you’ll find touches of French and British heritage, from the architecture to the cuisine.
Castries, St. Lucia Soufriere Volcano Sulphur Springs
Steaming sulphur springs by Qualibou volcano, Soufriere, Castries, St. Lucia

Play In The Mud

Melt away your cares in the town of Soufriere, home to Sulphur Springs, known for its medicinal waters since the 1600s. Soak in natural thermal pools at the bottom of the bubbling craters and zen out while indulging in a therapeutic mineral mud bath from head to toe.
Insider tip
Don’t forget insect repellent if you plan to visit the rainforest.
Castries, St. Lucia Girl Boat Mountains Piton Peaks
Girl on red canoe, sailing to the Pitons on Castries, St. Lucia

Coastal Cruising

See the famous Pitons and island vistas from the sea as you glide down the coast of St. Lucia on a coastal cruise. See the lush vegetation and fishing villages as you make your way to the Pitons.
Insider tip
Drive on the left side of the road on this island.
Castries, St. Lucia Marigot Bay Sailboats
Sunny day with sailboats at Marigot Bay, Castries, St. Lucia

Serene Scene

Make your way to Marigot Bay— a gorgeous natural harbor straight out of a movie scene, dotted with restaurants, bars and shops. You can stroll the yacht marina, shop at boutiques, visit a French bakery or relax at the secluded beach, accessible by ferry.
Castries, St. Lucia, Creole Seafood Dish
A fried filet of fish with a Creole sauce and vegetables

Local Cuisine

The Creole cuisine shows off the local fish, fruits and vegetables. Traditional flavors are a unique blend of West African, British, French and East Indian influences. Don’t miss “coal pot,” a local staple where dishes are cooked in a clay basin over coals.
Castries, St. Lucia, Souvenir Shop Storefront
The storefront of a souvenir shop in St. Lucia

Shopping

The best duty-free shops are at Pointe Seraphine cruise terminal and across the harbor at La Place Carenage. Cruise to St. Lucia and find duty-free jewelry, watches, perfume, crystal, rum, and local crafts. An artisanal favorite to bring home from here is the traditional pottery, made from the clay of the Pitons.

Day 6: Bridgetown, Barbados

Day 6
Bridgetown
Barbados
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Bridgetown, Barbados Bottom Bay Beach
Sunny day with palm trees on Bottom Bay Beach in Bridgetown, Barbados
Things to do in
Bridgetown
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
You’ll find Bridgetown strikes a fine mix of island warmth and English heritage. Stately colonial buildings intermingle with colorful wooden homes, open-air markets, and catch-of-the-day cafes. Outside of the bustle of “Town,” as the locals call it, Barbados is a new kind of paradise in any direction. Cruise to Barbados and head towards the shore for pink-and-white-sand beaches that stretch on endlessly and crystal clear turquoise waters. Or stick to the center of the island, you’ll find rolling hills and valleys, sugarcane fields and historic plantations. You can even travel underground to discover limestone caves with their own waterfalls.
Bridgetown, Barbados Harrison Cave Colorful
Colorful lights in Harrison Cave, Bridgetown, Barbados

BENEATH THE SURFACE

Take a solar-powered tram journey 170 feet below ground into Harrison’s Cave, an intricate limestone cave system. Here, you’ll find flowing streams, waterfalls, emerald-hued pools, unusual stalactite formations, and towering columns that formed over thousands of years.
Insider tip
Ships dock at the Bridgetown Cruise Terminal, about a mile from town.
Bridgetown, Barbados Wildlife Reserve Monkey Eating
Monkey eating at a wildlife reserve in Bridgetown, Barbados

GO GREEN

Hop into a rugged 4X4 and make your way through the Barbados Wildlife Reserve. Deep in the island’s interior, you’ll find playful green monkeys, colorful birds, reptiles and other native animals roaming freely. Try to visit around 2 p.m. for feeding time to see the green monkeys close-up.
Insider tip
Driving can get a little crazy here— save yourself the hassle of renting a car.
Bridgetown, Barbados Carlisle Bay Beach
Clear sunny beach on Carlisle Bay, Bridgetown, Barbados

BEST BEACH DAY EVER

Sit back and relax on the powdery white sands of Harbour Lights on Carlisle Bay Beach. If kicking back with a rum punch in hand is a little too laid-back, you can snorkel around shipwrecks, rent a jet ski, or even visit Tortuga to swim with turtles.
Insider tip
Official taxis have a “Z” on their license plates. The rates are fixed, but you should tip 10%.
Bridgetown, Barbados, Bajan Fish Cake
Three Bajan fish cakes on a green plate with white rice

Local Cuisine

This island is a seafood lover’s dream come true. Bajan (or Barbadian) cuisine blends African, Indian and British influences. For a truly authentic experience, don’t shy away from the street food— try the fried fish cakes, macaroni pie, tamarind balls, and the national dish, cou-cou with flying fish.
Bridgetown, Barbados, Souvenir Market
Assorted bags at an open souvenir market in Bridgetown, Barbados

Shopping

For the best deals on duty-free luxury items and authentic souvenirs from the island, check out the shops in the cruise terminal and the stores along Broad Street, the main street in Bridgetown. Cruise to Barbados and bring home a taste of the island with a rum cake, which is called ‘great cake’ for a reason.

Day 7: Cruising

Day 7
Cruising
At Sea
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Couple with their Kids in the Pool
Family Swimming and Enjoying the Pool
CAN'T MISS FAVORITES
Man Climbing Rock Wall On Board Day Time
Man Climbing Rock Wall On Board Day Time

Rock Climbing Wall

Rise to the occasion and take on the signature Rock Climbing Wall. From beginners to speed climbers, everyone can enjoy an unparalleled view from 40 feet above deck. Included in your fare, no reservation required.
Girls Running on the Pool Deck
Girls Splashing and Running by the Pool

Pools

Soak up the sun or savor the shade on expanded pool decks, with complimentary loungers, live music, and the opportunity to enjoy a frosty cocktail.

Day 8: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Day 8
San Juan
Puerto Rico
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San Juan, Puerto Rico, Waterfalls nature
Man walking through lush vegetation near a waterfall in San Juan, Puerto Rico
Things to do in
San Juan
Arrives at 6:00 AM
Puerto Rico’s 500-year-old capital is a history buff’s dream come true. The Spanish settled this harbor as a New World home base, and that influence is still evident, from the fortress walls lining the coastline to the rainbow of colonial buildings along narrow streets. Venture further out from the old town and nature unfolds. You can scale high into the jungled mountains of El Yunque Forest, or keep to the foothills on a riverside horseback ride. If despacito is more your speed, pick a pristine beach and recline with codfish fritter and rum drink in hand. San Juan cruises give you the perfect outpost to dial up or dial down your vacation.
San Juan, Puerto Rico, El Morro night sunset
Sunset view from atop El Morro fortress in San Juan, Puerto Rico

CASTILLO DE SAN FELIPE DEL MORRO

Strong and beautiful, this fort has helped guard the shore for nearly five centuries while overlooking some of the island’s best scenery. Explore it via spiral staircases between levels, and grab a photo at one of the iconic garita sentry boxes that line the outer walls.
San Juan, Puerto Rico, Bautista Cathedral closeup
Closeup of the Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica of Saint John the Baptist, in San Juan, Puerto Rico

CATEDRAL DE SAN JUAN BAUTISTA

Founded in 1521, this can’t-miss landmark is one of the oldest churches in the Americas. It houses the tomb of Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon and the mummified remains of religious martyr St. Pio.
San Juan, Puerto Rico, Food mojito
Traditional Puerto Rican dish with a glass of mojito

Local Cuisine

In Old San Juan, you’ll find plenty of island fare and criolla cuisine— home cooking flavored by Spanish and African influences. Try some mofongo, mashed fried green plantains often stuffed with meat, or snack on some codfish fritters, called bacalaitos.
San Juan, Puerto Rico, Colorful architecture road
Woman walking through streets of Old San Juan surrounded by colorful architecture

Shopping

During your San Juan cruise, head to the blue-hued cobblestone streets of Old San Juan for your pick of boutiques offering handmade lace and hand-rolled cigars, plus duty-free luxury items like diamonds, gemstones and watches.

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