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Best Halong Bay Cruises 2021

Best Halong Bay Cruise

You've set your mind for Halong Bay but do not yet know which cruise to travel with? This list will give you an idea to start! Our best cruise list is selectively picked based on several factors (1) Guests' reviews and feedbacks (2) Cruise deco & facilities (3) Cruise itinerary & service (4) How it best fits each category of travellers. We divide all cruises by budget range which makes it easier for you to find one that offers best value too. If you are still in doubt, leave a question below for instant response.

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Top Recommended Halong Bay Cruises for 2021

Orchid Cruise



Overall, the cruise was substandard with very real problems. The advertisement mentioned...

L.J.UK
Special Expat Deal 2021-Only $140/pp including bus
  • Exclusive departure port - only 2.5 hours from Hanoi
  • Unique routing
  • Extremely spacious cabin (36-72sqm)
  • Luxury decoration
  • All cabins have balcony and bathtub

Stellar of the Seas Cruise

The boat was fantastic. We love the room with the private balcony. We specially enjoyed the staff...

EnsheatherSweden
Special Expat Deal 2021-Only $150/pp including bus
  • Ultra-luxury cruise
  • Short transfer time from Hanoi (only 2.5 hours)
  • Mini-golf course on board available
  • Triple and family cabin available

Ambassador Cruise

We did do a lot of research before choosing President Cruise for my family among SO many Halong...

Kim DavisUS
Ambassador Superb Deal 2021 - Only $140 per person
  • The only cruise featuring Michelin Star Chef
  • Outdoor Jacuzzi available
  • Road journey just 2.5 hours from Hanoi via expressway
  • Elevator available

Heritage Cruise Binh Chuan

Outstanding people! They worked professionally and took care of every single request that makes...

NatalieUS
Special Expat Offer - only $130/pp
  • Spacious cabins with private balcony
  • Swimming pool on sundeck
  • Exclusive Arts Gallery
  • Free Kayaking

Paradise Elegance Cruise

Have a selection of board/card games on deck. Movies were not great/not working at times. But...

Omar BasriN/A
Special Expat Deal 2021-Only $150/pp including bus
  • Expansive sundeck
  • Spa and wellness center
  • Piano lounge with live music
  • All cabins have balcony
  • Free shuttle bus
  • Just 2.5 hours road travel from Hanoi

Peony Cruise

A nice experience from the moment the staff welcomed us at the check-in lounge with snacks and...

Lida & LukasCzech Republic
Special Expat Deal 2021 - Only $115/person
  • Best mid-range cruise in Lan Ha Bay
  • Short transfer time on limousine bus
  • Great rooms with balcony

Scarlet Pearl Cruise

When we decided to go to Halong Bay, we were glad that we choose Scarlet Pearl for our 3 day...

Noelle BrownUK
  • Catamaran-style cruise
  • Outdoors Jacuzzi
  • All rooms with private balcony and bathtub

Indochine Cruise

Indochine Cruise is very huge and nice with retro decoration. We booked a suite room on the high...

Douglas KingmanAustralia
  • Indochine style decorations
  • Long traditions in cruising
  • Jacuzzi on board
  • All cabins with balcony

Paradise Sails

My family went on Paradise Luxury Cruise in Halong Bay. All of us loved it so much. Our first...

RosanaPhilippines
  • Leading cruise line in Halong Bay
  • Exclusive waiting lounge
  • Comfy 8 layers Paradise Dream Bed
  • Themed royal dinner
  • Butler service on selected cruise

Dragon Legend Cruise

I read hundreds of reviews before deciding to choose Dragon legend and it was truly worth every...

ArozierColombia
  • Large sized cruise with spacious cabins
  • Operated and managed by the legendary Indochina Junk
  • All cabins come with bathtub and panoramic window
  • Unique cruise routing to Bai Tu Long Bay
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Asked by Bianca

Hi, are these cruises still running with covid problems, I am double vaccinated

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Answered by Jolie

Dear Ms. Bianca, Thank you so much for contacting us! At the moment, there are several cruises started sailing again and they operate every weekend (Saturday). May I know your travel date and the number of passengers in order for me to check the availability accordingly? Best regards, Jolie (Ms.)

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Asked by Karen

Hi I'm looking for a 3D2N cruise but was wondering if u know of any cruises that also offer transfer services to Ninh Binh/tam coc instead of back to Ha Noi?

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Answered by Cindy

Dear Karen, Thank you for your inquiry. My name is Cindy from Halong Bay Tours department and I am very glad to assist you with your trip. Please be advised none of the cruises offer transfer services to Ninh Binh. You will need to go to Ninh Binh by local bus or private car. If you want to go by private car, we can help arrange that service. Please let me know if you have any other inquiries. Best regards, Cindy (Ms.)

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Asked by pam

Hi Is it possible to cruise from Hanoi to Nha Trang or even Hoi An. Thanks

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Answered by Cindy

Dear Pam, Thank you for your inquiry! My name is Cindy and I am very happy to assist you with your trip plan! Regarding your questions, please be advised that there is only cruises in Halong Bay, not from Hanoi to Nha Trang nor Hoi An. You should fly from Hanoi to Nha Trang or Hoi An and join another cruise there. Should you have other questions, please feel free to let me know. Best regards, Cindy (Ms.)

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Asked by Jesus Benito

Hello, I am interested in doing a cruise in Halong Bay, 3 days on a luxury ship, for example Scarlet Pearl, could you help me and advise me?

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Answered by Mary

Dear Mr. Jesus Benito, Thank you so much for contacting us! Yes, Scarlet Pearl is a very nice cruise. You can also consider some other luxury cruises with excellent services like Stellar of the Seas or Heritage Cruise Binh Chuan. You can learn more about these cruises via these links: Stellar of the Seas Cruise: https://www.halongbaytours.com/cruise/stellar-of-the-seas-cruise.html Heritage Cruise Binh Chuan: https://www.halongbaytours.com/cruise/heritage-cruise-binh-chuan.html You can book the room as well as the transfer directly on our website. We will collect 30% of the total cost to secure your booking first, the remaining balance would be collected closer to your travel date. I hope to hear from you soon and should you need any further information, please feel free to let us know! Best regards, Mary (Ms.)

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Asked by Natalie

Hello, we are considering a 2 night Halong Bay cruise, March 20, 2022. Heritage Cruise and Paradise Elegance look luxurious. Do you have any recommendations? We also need transfers from Sofitel Legend Metropole. Please advise. Thank you!

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Answered by Jolie

Dear Ms. Natalie, Thank you for your inquiry. Yes, Heritage Cruise Binh Chuan and Paradise Elegance Cruise are two of the most luxurious cruises with the best service at the moment. You can also consider Stellar of the Seas Cruise. All of these cruises do offer transfers from Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel in Hanoi, please kindly find our offer follow: 1. Heritage Cruise Binh Chuan: https://www.halongbaytours.com/cruise/heritage-cruise-binh-chuan.html. It costs US$ 500/Delta Suite cabin for 2 persons with US$ 25/person for shuttle bus round trip. 2. Paradise Elegance Cruise: https://www.halongbaytours.com/cruise/paradise-luxury-elegance.html. It costs US$ 600/Deluxe Balcony cabin for 2 persons including shuttle bus round trip. 3. Stellar of the Seas Cruise: https://www.halongbaytours.com/cruise/stellar-of-the-seas-cruise.html. It costs US$ 820/Junior Suite cabin for 2 persons with US$ 20/person for shuttle bus round trip. Please kindly consider and let us know if you need any further information. Looking forward to hearing from you soon! Best regards, Jolie (Ms.)

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Asked by Scot

4 of us Arriving Feb 18, 2022 7:00 am on Celebrity cruise ship that stays overnight departing at 1:00 pm on Feb 19, 2021. Best way to see the bay in that time frame. Thanks Scot

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Answered by Hana

Dear Mr. Scot, Thank you for contacting us! Based on your schedule, I would suggest you take the overnight cruise so you can have more time to see the bay. Please consider some options follow: 1. Paradise Elegance cruise: https://www.halongbaytours.com/cruise/paradise-luxury-elegance.html It costs US$ 600 for 2 Deluxe Balcony cabins for 4 people. 2. Ambassador cruise: https://www.halongbaytours.com/cruise/president-cruise.html It costs US$ 560 for 02 Deluxe cabins for 4 people. We also offer private transfer from Celebrity cruise ship to Tuan Chau port at US$ 40/car/way. Since these cruises start at around 11:30 AM and disembark at 10:30 AM and it takes only around 20 minutes from your cruise ship to the cruise pier so you have enough time. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. I'm looking forward to hearing from you soon. Best regards, Hana (Ms.)

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Asked by June

Hello, I'm looking for a cruise with a pool. Any suggestion for us? Thanks

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Answered by Jolie

Dear Ms. June, Thank you very much for contacting us! As per your sharing, I would like to suggest to you Stellar of the Seas Cruise: https://www.halongbaytours.com/cruise/stellar-of-the-seas-cruise.html and Heritage Binh Chuan Cat Ba Cruise: https://www.halongbaytours.com/cruise/heritage-cruise-binh-chuan/2-day-1-night.html. Both of the cruises offer not only a big pool onboard but also excellent service, I hope that they may work with them. Can you please kindly share with us more about your group size and travel date in order for me to check the cabin availability? I hope to hear from you soon! Best regards, Jolie (Ms.)

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Asked by Chantelle

Hi, we are a family of 4 (including a 6 year old and 4 year old) and we are hoping to do a cruise on the 17th or 18th of December. Would we be able to book closer to the time or be able to cancel if the need arises? Could you please provide a quote for a 2 day 1 night cruise.

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Answered by Jolie

Dear Chantelle, Thank you for your interest in our service. If your plan is fixed already, we would recommend you to book the tour soon since December is the peak season and I am afraid that the cruises may be fully booked if you book it closer to the time. For cancellation during the epidemic time, we will support every specific case as much as we can. Also, may I know if you have any cruise in mind to provide you the cost? Or if you need our recommendations, please share with us your budget for better assistance. I hope to hear from you soon and please let me know if you have any other inquiries. Best regards, Jolie (Ms.)

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Asked by Keisuke Daimon

We plan to visit Ha long bay on 16th Oct. We want to take 2D/1N tour. We are 5 pax, 4 adults and 1 kid of 3. We need 2 twin rooms, and no need an extra bed. Please check and advise me several tours. If ok, I will book soonest.

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Answered by Hana

Dear Mr. Keisuke Daimon, Thank you so much for contacting us! Regarding your request, I would love to recommend you some following options with our special expat deals: 1. Stellar of the Seas https://www.halongbaytours.com/cruise/stellar-of-the-seas-cruise.html - US$300/Junior Suite cabin for 2 adults and free shuttle bus Hanoi - Cruise - Hanoi. 2. Heritage Cruise Binh Chuan: https://www.halongbaytours.com/cruise/heritage-cruise-binh-chuan.html - US$ 310/Delta Suite cabin for 2 persons and free shuttle bus Hanoi - Cruise - Hanoi. 3. Scarlet Pearl Cruise: https://www.halongbaytours.com/cruise/scarlet-pearl-cruise.html - US$250/Silver Pearl cabin for 2 adults and US$25/person for limousine bus Hanoi - Cruise - Hanoi. Please note that your child of 3 years old is free of charge. I hope my recommendation would work for you so please share with me your idea for me to better assist. Should you have any questions, please feel free to let me know. Best regards, Hana (Ms.)

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Asked by John Twemlow

Hello. Can you recommend any cruises that allow you to sleep on an island or nice resort and sail during the day? Open to any budget and ideally 2 or 3 days. Thanks

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Answered by Cindy

Dear Mr. John Twemlow, Thank you so much for your email. My name is Cindy from Halongbaytours.com and I am very glad to assist you with your trip. I am sorry that at the moment, for all the cruises, you will spend the night on the boat. May I suggest you take an overnight cruise and spend another night at a resort? If you are now interested in any cruise, can you please kindly share with me? Also, may I double-check if you are a foreign traveler or you are now living in Vietnam? I hope to hear from you soon and please let me know if you have any questions! Cindy (Ms.)

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Asked by Sandrino Difante

Can you confirm what drink is part of the deal and the cost of hotel pick up from hanoi please

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Answered by Jolie

Dear Sandrino Difante, Thank you so much for your inquiry. Please note that you will have a bottle of water in the cabin free of charge. For other beverages, you can order during your stay on the boat and purchase at check-out time. For the transfer, we now have many special ex-pat deals that come with the shuttle bus included. For example, you may consider Stellar of the Seas Cruise: https://www.halongbaytours.com/cruise/stellar-of-the-seas-cruise.html - US$ 150/person including shuttle bus. Or Ambassador Cruise:https://www.halongbaytours.com/cruise/president-cruise.html - US$ 140/person including shuttle bus round trip. Heritage Binh Chuan Cat Ba Cruise: https://www.halongbaytours.com/cruise/heritage-cruise-binh-chuan.html - US$ 155/person including shuttle bus round trip. I hope you consider them and should you need any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us! Best regards, Jolie (Ms.)

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Asked by Ann

Hello. I wonder if I can reserve a 5-star cruise on 3 Jul (two people / 2day-1night). If possible, please let me know their price.

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Answered by Mary

Dear Ann, Thank you for contacting us! Regarding your inquiry, we are available for many nice luxury cruises on your travel date. I would like to send you some options to consider as follows: 1. Orchid Cruise: https://www.halongbaytours.com/cruise/orchid-cruise.html - US$140 per person. 2. Heritage Cruise Binh Chuan: https://www.halongbaytours.com/cruise/heritage-cruise-binh-chuan.html - US$155 per person. 3. Ambassador Cruise: https://www.halongbaytours.com/cruise/president-cruise.html - US$140 per person. 4. Scarlet Pearl Cruise: https://www.halongbaytours.com/cruise/scarlet-pearl-cruise.html - US$ 175 per person. Please note this is a special offer for ex-pats and it already includes a shuttle bus round trip from Hanoi. Can you please consider this option and share with me your thoughts for me to better assist? Should you have any questions, please feel free to let me know. Looking forward to hearing from you soon. Best regards, Mary (Ms.)

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Asked by Kim

Hi there, would like to know any good cruise for 2d1n sail on Oct 2? prefer a 40m2 room for 2 ppl.

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Answered by Jolie

Dear Kim, Thank you for your inquiries. Regarding your request, may I suggest to you Era Cruise: https://www.halongbaytours.com/cruise/era-cruise/2-day-1-night.html? Our offer is US$ 360/Terrace Suite cabin (47sqm) for 2 persons. Otherwise, you can also consider Scarlet Pearl with a Golden Plearl cabin (40sqm) https://www.halongbaytours.com/cruise/scarlet-pearl-cruise/2-day-1-night.html. It's US$ 450/cabin for 2 persons. Should you need any further information, please feel free to let us know! Best regards, Jolie (Ms.)

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Asked by Honda

I’d like to stay at cruiser with transportation between Hanoi and Halong by private car because I can’t use bus for the transmission because of my small children. Can I book only a cruiser for going around Halong bay and staying one night?

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Answered by Cindy

Dear Mr. Honda, Thank you for your contacting us! Yes, you can surely book the cruise only without transportation. Or we can arrange the private car from Hanoi - Halong - Hanoi for your family as well, please kindly let us know if you need it! Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. Best regards, Cindy (Ms.)

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Asked by Sean

I am looking for a 2 night / 3 day Halong Bay cruise (8 to 10 June) on a luxury boat.

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Answered by Hana

Dear Mr. Sean, Thank you so much for contacting us! My name is Hana from Halongbaytours.com and I am very glad to assist you with this trip. On your travel date (8 - 10 June), we are available for the following cruises: 1. Heritage Cruise Binh Chuan: https://www.halongbaytours.com/cruise/heritage-cruise-binh-chuan/3-days-2-nights.html Our special offer is US$500/Delta Suite cabin with US$ 25/person for shuttle bus round trip 2. Stellar of the Seas Cruise: https://www.halongbaytours.com/cruise/stellar-of-the-seas-cruise.html Our special offer is US$ 610/Junior Suite cabin with free shuttle bus round trip from Hanoi 3. Scarlet Pearl Cruise: https://www.halongbaytours.com/cruise/scarlet-pearl-cruise.html Our special offer is US$ 500/Silver Pearl cabin with US$ 25/person for shuttle bus round trip from Hanoi Can you please kindly consider them? They are all the new luxury cruises with very good feedback from our customers recently. Should you have any other inquiries, please feel free to contact me! Best regards, Hana (Ms.)

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Asked by Alexandra Trenholme

Hello, Can you help please. We are looking for a cruise on 20th April 2022, 2 adults, 1 x16yr old and 1x 9 yr old. We would love to bike on the island, see the large caves i.e. Surprise cave. We like the sound of the squid fishing. I have also read of very few doing a BBQ on the beach. It is so hard to choose from so many great cruises. We are celebrating a belated 50th birthday and a 16th birthday so we would enjoy a more comfortable spacious ship. Do you have any suggestions please.

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Answered by Halong Bay Tours Staff

Thank you so much for contacting us! My name is Jolie from Halongbaytours.com and I am very glad to assist you with your trip! Please note that the biking activity is on Lan Ha Bay while Surprise Cave is on Halong Bay thus I am sorry that you would not take these two activities on the same trip. All cruises offer squid fishing in the evening, and at the moment, no cruise does the BBQ on the beach. If you are looking for a spacious boat, may I suggest to you the following options? 1. Ambassador Cruise that visits Halong Bay: https://www.halongbaytours.com/cruise/president-cruise/2-day-1-night.html 2. Indochine Cruise that visits Lan Ha Bay: https://www.halongbaytours.com/cruise/indochine-cruise/2-day-1-night.html They are both our best sellers with the top services at the moment, can you please have a look and let me know if you are interested in any cruise? I hope to hear from you soon and should you need any further assistance, please feel free to let us know! Best regards, Jolie (Ms.)

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Asked by Jennifer

We plan to travel to Halong Bay in June 2021. I heard that not all cruises are running daily and there is no 3 day 2 night tour which we would love to take. Can you advise whether it is possible for a 2 night trip?

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Answered by Cindy

Dear Ms. Jennifer, Thank you for contacting us. In April and May, many cruises restrict their operation to departure on Friday, Saturday and Sunday only as this coincides with weekend holiday. However in June, many cruises have posted their daily schedule such as Ambassador Cruise, Scarlet Pearl Cruise, Heritage Cruise and Le Theatre, to name a few. At the moment only Scarlet Pearl, Heritage Cruise Binh Chuan and Stellar of the Seas are operating 3 day 2 night trip. If you plan to travel on weekend, it is best to book early in advance as most popular choices will be filled up way before the actual trip date. If you have any questions please let me know!

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Asked by Leo

Hi, I saw the expats offer that you have and I see that residence card or work permit is required but we are a couple one of us has work permit and the other one has business visa so are we eligible for the offer or do we have to have work permits-residence cards both of us ?

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Answered by Cindy

Dear Mr. Leo, Thank you for contacting us. As of 2021, we allow work permit and business visa as substitute for residence card as well. You are surely eligible for our expat deal. If you need any further information please let me know!

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Asked by Joe

Please advise, beat cruise ship with best cabins. What is the beat of the best ? We are a couple seeking a pleasant luxury cruise, for us this means the less children/families the better. Looking for 2 night 3 days. Thank you

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Answered by Cindy

Dear Mr. Joe, Thank you for contacting us. Actually there is no definite answer to the best of the best cruise, as our guests' needs vary based on preference for itinerary, food, cabin size over decoration, swimming pool, etc. If you prefer a pleasant luxury cruise, we would recommend you to consider Heritage Cruise Binh Chuan - our best seller in 2021. The cruise is designed with boutique decoration, spacious cabins, four-season swimming pool on sundeck, and plenty of common space for your trip. The cruise has only 20 cabins so for its huge size, you will be guaranteed a trip with fewer crowd and more relaxation. If you have any other questions please contact us anytime!

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Asked by Evelyn

Hi We are 2 adults planning a 2D1N halong bay cruise on 22 May 2021, can you recommend a cruise and what room should be booked. We are looking at the mid range cruises. May I know also what time the shuttle will pick us up from hotel, mostly likely hotel at hanoi old quarters?

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Answered by Jolie

Dear Ms. Evelyn, Thank you so much for contacting us with your inquiry. May I suggest you our Peony Cruise: https://www.halongbaytours.com/cruise/peony-cruise/2-day-1-night.html? This is a luxury cruise but our offer for ex-pats now is very good at US$ 115/person only on a Deluxe Balcony cabin (the standard room). If you need the transfer, it costs US$ 25/person/round trip on the Limousine bus. The pickup time is 9:00 at the cruise office at 16 Thi Sach Street near Hanoi Old Quarter. I hope my suggestion works or should you need any further information, please feel free to let us know! Best regards, Jolie (Ms.)

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