Announcing our 2015 Alaska CruiseTours & Ocean Cruises

Alaska Ocean Cruises and CruiseTours are one of our specialties at Fox World Travel.  80% of our travel specialists have personally visited Alaska, and many multiple times.  Each year we plan custom group CruiseTours and Ocean Cruises and escort 40-90 travelers as they explore the beautiful state of Alaska by land and sea. This year, Colleen Alsberg, Fox World Travel Tour Manager, will be escorting two groups to Alaska, making these her 24th and 25th trips to Alaska!

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Fox World Travel’s Escorted 2015 Alaska Group CruiseTours and Ocean Cruises Include:

The Great Parks of Alaska – Denali, Kenai & Glacier Bay WTMJ Listener Vacation, Hosted by Rose Gray aboard the ms Oosterdam
June 8-21, 2015
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Alaska & the Yukon – Summer Solstice Adventure with Colleen Alsberg aboard the ms Volendam
(Colleen Alsberg’s 24th Trip!)
June 13-24, 2015
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11-Day Alaska Denali Solstice Princess Cruise, with Jody Piotter aboard the Enchanting Pacific Princess 
June 18-29, 2015
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Alaska Inside Passage Cruise including Glacier Bay, hosted by Fox World Tour Manager, Tricia Newlands aboard the Crown Princess
July 25 – August 1, 2015
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The Great Parks of Alaska – Denali, Kenai & Glacier Bay – Hosted by Colleen Alsberg aboard the ms Zaandam
(Colleen Alsberg’s 25th Trip!)
August 10-23, 2015
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JOIN US FOR AN ALASKA TRAVEL SHOW IN WISCONSIN!

Alaska Travel Shows will be going on throughout September and October in multiple cities alaskaaug-itin-day3throughout Wisconsin.  Find an Alaska Travel Show near you.

Learn about exciting destinations and everything Fox World Travel has to offer you by attending one of Fox World Travel’s many travel shows located in cities throughout Wisconsin. As always, admission is absolutely free, but space is limited so please RSVP today.

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A Weekend To Remember in Palm Springs, CA

Andy, of Fox World Travel, recently surprised his girlfriend, Cassie, with a vacation package to remember to Palm Springs, CA.

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The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort and Spa is set on 360 acres within the Rancho Mirage Community, where one can engage in a recreational game of golf, enjoy three extravagant pools with a 60-foot water slide and relax in the expansive desert resort spa.

Day #1

                We arrived in LA and traffic was crowded to excess.  However, this did allow for plenty of time to see the vast amount of scenery that lined the sides of the highway from lavish casinos and restaurants to scenic mountains and hundreds of giant windmills. As I was snapping a myriad amount of photos, I realized how aesthetically pleasing the surroundings were. If you can’t make it out to LA, I would recommend giving GTA V a go—it’s the next best thing! Grand Theft Auto V (a new video game that is based in CA) has done an amazingly nice job in capturing the intricate, glamorous beauty of that area in California. It made me feel like I was revisiting that stunning, imaginary world all over again. That is, until the blast of heat that made its presence known as soon as we reached the arid desert. With the heat reaching 115 degrees my contacts dried out! But we had finally made it to the resort located on Dinah Shore Dr.

            Subsequent to checking in at the front desk and being greeted by exceedingly well-mannered employees, we arrived at our room. It was composed of one large bathroom, a nice 30’’ television, a little fridge with beverages and snacks enclosed within (each item having its own separate price), a king sized bed that was extremely comfortable and a patio view of the luscious green golf course. When we had finished unpacking we decided that our first priority was to hit the pool that happened to be about 500 feet from where we were staying. We made sure that we wore sandals or shoes everywhere we went because the cement was incredibly hot from the scorching sun. The pool excursions were nothing less than fantastic and wonderfully refreshing.  The areas surrounding the pool were filled with comfortably padded lawn chairs, canopies, umbrellas and of course, refreshment booths.

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The main Las Brisas free-form pool has a 60-foot water slide, two spas and cabanas. The Las Hadas and La Paloma pools each have a spa. The water slide depth is 3 ½ feet so guests must be 48’’ or taller to ride the Las Brisas water slide.

                Ice cold refreshments were a must considering how warm the weather was. The options consisted of either beer or a fruit-based cocktail. 16oz cans of beer were about $7.00 and the chilling cocktails were $14.00. The bar also had the option of turning your mixed drink into a pitcher for $30.00, which is what we decided to do. We ordered a Summer Strawberry Refresher that included succulent strawberries, vodka, crushed ice, mint and a splash of Patron tequila. After swimming we thought it would be a good idea to grab something to eat.

                Cassie and I decided that we wanted to conserve some money, so we found the nearest grocery store—which happened to be a Wal-Mart. We purchased about $60.00 worth of food (fruits, vegetables and peanut butter & jelly sandwiches) and then headed to a small local market down the road to buy some drinks that we could keep in the fridge back at our room. We thought that we would save Saturday night for dining out, so we went for a walk around the resort at dusk and snapped some pictures. We passed the unstinted tennis courts only to come across spouting water fountains and waterfalls that change color to palm trees wrapped in radiating rope lights. We were offered rides around the resort by workers on golf carts (for free) and genuinely greeted by other vacationers throughout our evening voyage.  Returning to the room, we got ready for bed because we had a big day at the spa the next morning!

Day #2

            We had an appointment at The Palm Springs Spa at 10:00AM for a deeply stimulating lava shell massage. Before the massage took place, we were shown our respective bathrooms. They included three giant sinks that had all the pampering essentials such as mouthwash, q tips, manual razors along with shave gel & lotion and combs. A steam room & five single showers resided in the back half and in the front there were lockers that contained our robes & sandals. On the corner of the sink was a large water cooler with sliced up lemons inside for an invigorating burst of flavor. Having indulged ourselves in the bathroom favors, we ventured out into the main lobby and waited for our names to be called.

  With the lights dimmed, the therapist began with an inhalation technique that involved three deep breaths of fresh eucalyptus oil to ease the mind and create a feeling of tranquility. After that, she began the massage by using hot seashells that created a synergy of warmth and relaxation as they glided over the body. The session lasted approximately 50 minutes ending with some hot towel therapy for our feet. Immediately afterward, I felt a calm, controlled sensation throughout my body—not to mention a revitalizing feeling as well. My therapist greeted me outside of the room with an ice cold cup of lemon water, as massages tend to dehydrate the body. When it came down to it, we only paid $5.00 for a supplementary heating oil (either Lavender or Clementine) and tip as the actual massage ($140.00 for 50 minutes) was included in our resort package. I would highly recommend getting the hot oil as it adds to the sensation of the seashells.

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The expansive spa menu offers a full salon, body wraps, manicures & pedicures along with polishes and various massages from Chakra Balancing to Reflexology.

            As the day went on, we jumped in the pool a few more times and did some sun bathing before we got ready to go out to dinner. Cassie decided to pick a nice little Mexican restaurant called Casa Blanca located on Date Palm Dr.—about 10 minutes from the resort. I ordered a Corona with a lime and Fajitas and Cassie ordered a giant margarita and a combo that included an few different Mexican dishes including enchilidas and fried tacos.  The food here was delicious!

After supper we headed back to the resort and decided to take another walk around. We traveled up and down the streets taking pictures of palm trees and the mountains. 95 degrees at 9PM and we were heading towards the “electric forest” where the pyramidal waterfall changes color. There is about a 70 yard stretch of beautiful, soft grass lined by palm trees wrapped in lights that leads up to the waterfall. When we first got to the resort on Friday, I thought “this is the place.” As we walked up to the waterfall I knew that there wasn’t a better time and place. Stopping at the edge of the little pond that separated us from the glistening waterfall, I reached into my pocket, dropped down to one knee and asked Cassie if she would spend the rest of her life with me. She said yes, so we went back to the room, cracked a bottle of champagne and toasted while we sat on our quaint little patio listening to the crickets.

Day #3

            On Sunday, another vibrantly sunny day, Cassie and I had an idea to check out the desert right across the road. On the way out, some shimmering blue crystal glass caught our eye. It was mixed in the rocks that they had in front of their welcome sign. We grabbed a few pieces for souvenirs and headed to the desert. We thought it was interesting because the inside of the resort is quite opulent, but everything outside of the walls has a very dry and desolate appearance. Aloe plants, flowers and cactuses lined the wall of the resort. In the desert, just across the way, there was only sand with some rocks and dried out bushes that looked like twigs sprouting up from the ground.  Both of us wanted to see some exotic wildlife such as a rattle snake or a scorpion, but we only happened to find a clan of ducks and a very small lizard. As we made our way further into the desert we found a comfy little spot to relax as stress was nonexistent. We sat down and talked until the sun began to set over the mountains.

Day #4

            Monday morning rolled around a lot faster than I had realized. We woke up at 7:30AM to stop for breakfast before our flight out of LA at 5:50PM. Since the drive to the resort took about three and a half hours, we wanted to make sure that there was more than enough time to get to the airport. Checking out was fast and easy. The lady at the desk was very polite and courteous. The four days that we were there, we only paid $195.00. That was for the additional night that we wanted because we figured as long as we are out on vacation, one more day wouldn’t hurt—who doesn’t want to stay on vacation a little longer?

            I had the idea to stop at Denny’s on Palm Canyon Drive about 15 minutes from our resort. For refreshments, Cassie and I both ordered ice water with lemons and black coffee—coffee for the long traveling ahead of us. Cassie decided to have the biscuits and gravy (not one, but two orders). And I had three buttermilk pancakes with butter and syrup accompanied with a cheese quesadilla topped with salsa and sour cream. The best part about our breakfast, other than it tasting great, was the low price. They had select meals that were between $2.00 and $8.00. Our bill total came out to $13.49 and it filled us up. Following breakfast, we were ready to hit the road and let our long journey back to the Midwest commence.

            Our excursion back to the car rental garage wasn’t nearly as hectic as getting from LA to Palm Springs the Friday before. We made it back in about two hours or so. After our luggage was emptied, we waited for the shuttle to pick us up and take us to the airport. The nice thing about the shuttles (at least the ones that we were on) the drivers take your bags & suitcases and organize them in the vehicle so you don’t have to. I would definitely suggest using National’s Car Rental service—easy, fast and cheap. We had approximately three hours before our plane arrived, so we grabbed some salads from California Pizza Kitchen.

            The plane ride back to Wisconsin was quite relaxing. We had two excellent male flight attendants who came by often and offered snacks and beverages such as pretzels, soda, water, tea, coffee and alcohol (the only thing you had to purchase). After about 3.5 hours, we reached Milwaukee around 12:50AM. It was nice when we got into the airport because it was pretty much vacant, so we could avoid the large crowds of people. We were greeted by Cassie’s sister who was nice enough to pick us up at such a late hour. She drove us to our car and from there we headed back to Oshkosh, arriving around 2:00AM.

The entire vacation was incredible and I will never forget the experience that I had out there. I would highly recommend The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort and Spa to anyone and everyone. It is a wonderful getaway with astonishing scenery and some of the most cordial people I’ve ever met. The vacation package that we received through Fox World Travel helped us save a lot of money and made the trip even that more enjoyable. I definitely hope I get the chance to make it back out there again sometime in the near future.

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Unbelievable Savings on Caribbean Cruises With Fox World Travel and Windstar Cruises

Fox World Travel and Windstar Cruises present deals that are too good to miss!

Save over 60% on these Caribbean Cruises

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Small ships. Infinite possibilities.

Nose into secret moorages only yachtsmen know. Anchor off quiet islands accessible only by small ships and vivid dreams. Search for the perfect beach – under sail, of course – and celebrate with a champagne toast when you find it. Drop by the Bridge to chat with the Captain, watch dolphins play in the bow wave, return to your outside stateroom or suite after an exquisite meal under the stars to drift off amid Egyptian cotton linens and fresh flowers. Now you know it. The definition of bliss.

Each voyage features a complimentary signature deck barbecue and Private Event, an enthralling affair that draws you in and profiles a culture from the inside out.

For a limited time, you can receive our exclusive 2-for-1 fares when you book by September 26, 2014.

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Yachtsman’s Caribbean – Let us take you into hidden coves and tiny harbors no one else can reach as you fully experience the Caribbean’s private yachting scene. Explore the quaint island charm of Soper’s Hole and the inviting beaches of Jost Van Dyke as you overnight in the harbor. Sail to Virgin Gorda, with its assembly of house-sized rocks called The Baths. Savor the high life on St. Barts.  

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  • St. Maarten to St. Maarten
  • 7 Days

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Jewels of the Windward Islands – This is the Caribbean of days gone by – deep blue waters, quiet coves, and tropical islands dotted with powdery beaches and lush green hillsides. Sail from the rugged natural beauty of St. Lucia to little-known isles that are off the tourist radar. From colorful Bequia and Mayreau in St. Vincent & the Grenadines to the open-air markets of exotic St. George’s, you’ll discover a part of the Caribbean that remains authentic and unspoiled. This is everything that makes the Caribbean synonymous with paradise.  

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  • Barbados to Barbados
  • 7 Days

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Passage Through Panama – Transit the Panama Canal, one of the world’s most stunning feats of engineering, in a sailing yacht that lets you see it all. Watch for rare Scarlet Macaws in Corcovado National Park, “The Amazon of Costa Rica,” and dive the amazing coral reefs of Isla de Coiba. This is a singular voyage of natural wonders and man-made marvels.  

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  • Puerto Caldera to Colon (or reverse)
  • 7 Days

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Classic Caribbean - From the stunning drama of the Pitons to the captivating charm of Les Saintes. From hidden coves and secret beaches to exotic markets and lively cafés. Here’s the best of the Caribbean in one single voyage. Sandy beaches, turquoise waters, lush mountains, and beautiful waterfalls blend with the music, tastes, and joie de vivre unique to the Caribbean life.  

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  • St Maarten to St Maarten
  • 7 Days

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Sale ends September 26th, 2014 so Contact Your Travel Agent Today.

All fares mentioned are per person, in US dollars, cruise only, based on double occupancy in category B and include non-discountable amounts. Government fees and taxes are additional ($85-$320 per person). 2-for-1 cruise fares are based on 50 percent of the published full cruise fares as shown on select sailings. Full amount of Early Booking savings is dependent on the sailing. Private Event will be added at time of booking. Please double check your invoice for its presence. Offer is valid on new bookings only for select departures and subject to availability. Offer may not be combinable with other promotional offers or discounts. Bookings are non-transferable; no name changes can be made nor can this offer be applied retroactively. Offer is capacity controlled and may be withdrawn or modified at Windstar’s discretion at any time. Cancellation penalties may apply. Certain restrictions may apply, please see brochure for details. Fuel surcharges may be imposed or increased over time. Offer expires September 26, 2014. Ships’ registry: Bahamas.

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Just How Inclusive is “All Inclusive”: Comparing 6 Top River Cruise Lines

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Trying to sift through the slight differences between various cruise line packages can be a headache, but this article by Travel Weekly provides an excellent summary of what is included in all of those ‘inclusive’ offers.

ImageLibrary_princess_caplounge_service_mod_0131For a company like Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection, which this year made a concerted effort to go after the higher-end river cruise and markets its offering as a “six-star” product, its all-inclusive pricing covers almost everything except for international airfare (this is a given for all cruise lines) and port charges.

As part of its rebranding, in 2014, Uniworld decided to also include gratuities in its pricing, as well as unlimited beverages onboard, not including top-shelf wines and spirits.

Another line embracing all-inclusivity is Scenic Cruises, which covers gratuities, unlimited beverages and port charges in its prices.

Viking CruisesCCFreya_Melk_Horiz also includes port charges in its prices. But Viking’s prices do not cover gratuities or unlimited beer and wine — Viking offers complimentary beer and wine with lunch and dinner.

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Avalon Waterways prices exclude port charges and gratuities, but include unlimited wine and beer with dinner, and sparkling wine with breakfast.

  Tauck’s river cruise prices cover gratuities, unlimited beer, wine and premium spirits, and port charges (the only line besides Scenic to include all three). Most meals are included, save for occasionally during a pre or post-cruise hotel stay when the ships are docked in larger cities where guests have free time to explore on their own — Tauck might not include a lunch or a dinner here or there to allow guests to have a meal in town, according to a company spokesperson. Tauck also includes some onshore meals in the cities and towns on the itinerary.

It’s the difference between the size of the bar tab or no bar tab at all, and some elements, like port charges, that are either part of a commissionable price or not. The differences are admittedly often slight and do not detract from the overall rally cry about the inclusiveness of river cruises in general.

Fox World Travel is currently offering several special offers on River Cruise vacations.

To learn more about River Cruising, contact your travel agent today.

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5 Benefits of Having a Destination Wedding

  1. DestWeddingYou can say “I Do” anywhere! A destination wedding is considered at least 100 miles from where the bride lives.
  2. It’s easier. A Fox World Travel Destination Wedding Specialist will take care of all the hassle of planning and leave you to enjoy your dream wedding.
  3. You can save money on everything from a smaller guest list to the décor. The white sand beaches, snow-topped mountains, or the Eiffel Tower make for beautiful backdrops in your photos! Many resorts offer complimentary or affordable all-inclusive destination wedding packages, and, by choosing an all-inclusive resort, the cost of food, beverages and lodging will be included in the guests’ vacation packages. In addition, extending your time in the destination will cost you far less than taking an entirely separate honeymoon.
  4. Enjoy quality time with your loved ones and guests. You’ll have more time to enjoy together as well as with your friends and family during a week in paradise, versus a few hours at a traditional wedding reception. Relax together, eat together, dance together…all without feeling like you have to jam pack talking to everyone in one day.
  5. You can start the honeymoon early! A destination wedding is an easy two-in-one. Enjoy your special day and then sit back and relax as newlyweds.

Our destination wedding specialists would love to help you plan your fairytale wedding!

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10 Reasons to Cruise the Caribbean With Norwegian

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With Norwegian Cruise Line, ‘Freestyle Cruising’ is all about flexibility and freedom. Freedom from stress. Freedom from schedules. Freedom to create your own vacation.  Here are the top 10 reasons Fox World Travel believe you should cruise the Caribbean with Norwegian:

1. Norwegian is the only cruise line offering Freestyle Cruising®, giving guests the freedom and flexibility to do what they want, when they want.

2. Norwegian has a young, modern, award-winning fleet of ships sailing to The Caribbean, including our two newest Breakaway-Class ships.

Grand Centrum 033. Norwegian Cruise Line has racked up some pretty impressive industry accolades in The Caribbean region. The World Travel Awards recently named them The Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Line. While Yahoo! Travel named Norwegian Breakaway the 2013 Best Cruise for Families. Caribbean Travel + Leisure recognized us as the Best Value Cruise for 2013. And Norwegian Epic earned Travel Weekly’s Readers Choice Award for Best Overall Individual Cruise Ship two years running.

4. Norwegian’s family activities are always a hit with guests. Only Norwegian offers exclusiveMI-BWY-Experience-Family Nickelodeon™ entertainment and activities at sea. Plus, with their fleetwide complimentary youth programs – Splash Academy and Entourage – they have something the whole family will enjoy. 5. It’s easier than ever to cruise The Caribbean thanks to Norwegian’s convenient weekly sailings. Plus, they’ve got eight amazing ships sailing from six departure cities that are amazing destinations themselves: Miami, New York, Tampa, New Orleans, Houston and Boston.

modal_breakaway_burn-the-floor6. With more entertainment venues than any other cruise line sailing to The Caribbean, guests can bask in the bright lights of Broadway with performances like Burn the Floor and Cirque Dreams & Dinner® Jungle Fantasy. Tickle their funny bone with hilarious comedic performances. Marvel in The Illusionarium, a surreal magical experience. Watch the colors fly with Blue Man Group. Or get their groove on at The GRAMMY® Experience.

7. From top to bottom and from bow to stern, Norwegian offers more to do onboard than ever. Kid's WaterparkGuests can splash around at The Aqua Park with Free Fall – the fastest waterslides at sea. Or they can walk The Plank, which extends 8 feet over the side of the ship. And with our luxurious spa, they can pamper themselves whenever they please. With plenty to do and see, there’s never a dull moment on board.

8. With up to 29 dining options – the most at sea – guests can try something new every night of their cruise. From complimentary main dining rooms and expansive buffets to specialty restaurants like Ocean Blue by Geoffrey Zakarian, dining on Norwegian means having plenty of choices.

9. Freestyle Cruising aboard a Norwegian ship is the best way to explore the sandy beaches and turquoise waters of the most popular cruise destination in the world. Plus, with hundreds of Caribbean shore excursions to choose from, it’s the perfect time to start discovering the tropics.

10. Guests can unwind in comfort and style with a wide range of staterooms, including The ncl_Brkwy_SpaSuite_S9_MODALHaven by Norwegian™, their most luxurious, well-appointed and spacious accommodations. And whether they want to make it a family affair and stay in a Family Suite, vacation solo in a Studio or enjoy a Balcony Stateroom with some of their best friends, Norwegian has just the room for them.

For more information on Cruising the Caribbean with Norwegian click here.

Free For all Special Promotion valid from July1st 2014- August 2nd 2014

Or connect with your personal travel agent today!

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6 Tips for Traveling to Europe

  1. It is recommended to have some foreign currency of your destination before arriving. This will come in handy when you are looking to wake up with a cup of coffee at a nice little café after that long flight.
  2. Invest in a neck pillow. Your neck can get kinked and sore pretty easily from trying to catch some shut eye on that long flight. There are inflatable neck pillows that are easy to deflate and will fit nicely into your carry-on after use.
  3. Try not to nap once you arrive in your destination. It can make your jet lag worse and make you feel more tired. If possible, carry on with the rest of your day and get a good, blogpostfull nights rest that evening.
  4. Hand sanitizer is an essential for traveling abroad. Since there is sometimes a charge to use public restrooms, having a quick and easy solution to sanitize is nice and convenient, especially after a subway ride.
  5. There is not always such a thing as “free” water at restaurants like we are use to in the states. Be sure to ask for tap water if it is available or be prepared to pay for bottled water.
  6. Immerse yourself in the country’s culture. Try a traditional dish of paella in Spain or catch a cabaret show in Paris. There are so many things to do and see in Europe. Open your mind and enjoy!
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