Athens

Cruise & Stay

Welcome to Athens

Cruise Nation are delighted to bring you our great range of Athens Cruise & Stay Holidays. These packages all feature a cruise sailing from the port of Civitavecchia. This means that Cruise Nation bring you massive choice on cruise lines to sail with throughout the year. Our Athens Smart Packages feature FREE stays in one of many handpicked hotels which are all centrally located in Athens providing you with the ideal base from which to explore all that this exciting destination has to offer.

With our Athens Cruise & Stay packages, your flights will always be included. We also offer flights from a number of regional airports throughout the UK giving you much greater flexibility and making your holiday experience as smooth as possible.

A trip to Athens wouldn’t possibly be complete without visiting the ancient ruins. By touring the city you’ll quickly discover a collection of archaeological sites located within the central areas. This is evidence of past civilisations that are still scattered across this bustling metropolis today. The main sites of ancient ruins to tick off your travel list are Roman Agora, Hadrian’s Arch and the Temple of Zeus. These hot spots, plus many more, are all connected via continuous pedestrian pathways that span across several districts and shopping areas.

Athens isn’t just about the expansive heritage, which is why so many tourists venture to this wonderful Greek paradise to experience the best of both worlds. The Athenian Riviera is a breezy and pleasurable place to soak up the sun and with the latest, modern tram network, it’s easier than ever to access the city’s most sought after beaches, coastal shopping locations and incredible dining establishments.

If you’re a theatre fanatic then what better way to spend your time in Athens than in the place where the first theatrical plays were written? Whether you’re looking for comedy or tragedy, Athens is home to some of the most famous writers including Sophocles, Euripides, Aeschylus and Aristophanes. If you are very lucky, you may even have the opportunity to watch a play on the Roman Theatre of Irodis and feel part of the ancient festivals honoured by the god, Dionysus.

Weather in The Mediterranean

Often described as an underrated cuisine, Greek food is something you certainly don’t want to miss out on whilst in Athens. With a diet that is rich in protein, vegetables, cheese, olive oil, herbs, lemon and seafood, the Greeks know how to tempt the appetites of travellers from all over the globe. If you’re a fan of coffee then you will also be in luck because the Greeks certainly love sitting back and relaxing with a warm drink which is why there is nothing quite like settling down in the sun with a coffee at a trendy cafe in Kolonaki Square.

Athens is the perfect destination not only for sun-seekers but for fun -seekers too. If you fancy sipping on a glass of chilled wine or beer in the setting sun, you can venture out to one of the many pubs and bars across town. But don’t let your hands do all the talking because with traditional Greek music in a superb, vibrant atmosphere, you can visit a range of nightclubs where you can dance till you drop.

Things to do in Athens

The Acropolis

The Acropolis is one of Greece’s many UNESCO World Heritage sites, and it is by far the most impressive…

The Acropolis

Millions of visitors head to the Acropolis each year to see the imposing structures which loom tall over Athens. The Acropolis itself is made up of three temples, all relatively intact from the fifth century BC. This should be the first stop on your Athens holiday.

Plaka

Plaka is Athens’ oldest residential area…

Plaka

It hides in the hillside below the Acropolis and is always a hive of activity. It’s always full of tourists but it still retains a traditional, village feel. There are plenty of shops, restaurants and museums to spend many a hour touring this lovely village.

Mt Lycabettus

Mt Lycabettus is Athens’ highest vantage point…

Mt Lycabettus

It gives you stunning views across Athens and the Acropolis. A steep path leads to the top and if you’re not feeling that energetic you can take the funicular tramway which leaves Kolonaki every 30 minutes.

Acropolis Museum

This museum is not your typical museum…

Acropolis Museum

Light and welcoming, it wants you to explore Athens’ ancient history in modern times. Famous archaic and classical finds from the Acropolis can be found here. The Parthenon Gallery is particularly impressive.

Restaurants in Athens

Funky Gourmet

Funky Gourmet

As a two Michelin starred restaurant, expectations can be high when visiting Funky Gourmet. The restaurant delivers on every front, it’s innovative, creative and above all delicious. The food is aimed to activate your senses and engage their guests in an exciting way. Each of their menus use local products and change with the season. Enjoy Greek dining in a way you’ve never before.

Strofi

Strofi

This wonderfully located restaurant has some of the best views in Athens. Perched just below the Acropolis you get a beautiful view of the Parthenon whilst enjoying your fine food and wine. It has a traditional Greek menu but incorporates a twist, so expect some surprises when it comes to your traditional Greek fares.

Klimataria

Klimataria

If you want classical Athens, Klimataria is the restaurant for you. Located in the centre of Athens, wine barrels line the walls, live music fills the space and the aroma of good food reaches the courtyard. This restaurant delivers authentic home cooking at an affordable price, that you can enjoy with the locals.

Aleria

Aleria

Aleria’s beautiful surroundings set expectations high. Its situated in a mansion, an old tile floor welcomes you in and a courtyard is waiting for you around the back once you’ve had your fill and are off exploring. Aleria offers an impressive, extensive set of menus. From a la carte, to cheese to tasting menus, there’s something for everyone.

Athens Nightlife

Brettos

Brettos

Open since 1909, Brettos is the oldest bar in Athens. Various spirits line the walls, providing a colourful backdrop for the bar. Wooden barrels used by its founder all those years ago can be found perched against a wall in the bar. The warm atmosphere of the bar along with its almost unlimited amount of drink options, means Brettos is one of the best bars in Athens.

Galaxy Bar

Galaxy Bar

If you want stunning views with your cocktails then Galaxy Bar is for you. Situated on the top floor of the Hilton Hotel, the Acropolis sits to your right meaning spectacular floodlit views of the Parthenon every night. The modern, chic bar provides the perfect location for a romantic drink with Athens in all its glory as your backdrop.

TAF

TAF

For a more of a relaxed evening, head to The Art Foundation (TAF). A cosy, modern courtyard overhung with greenery makes having a drink here a pleasure. Painting exhibitions and sculptures can be found as you wander through the building. The team at TAF have made the bar a focal point for chilled out evenings.

Events in Athens

The Acropolis in Lego Bricks

The Acropolis in Lego Bricks

For something a bit different on your holiday, why not visit The Acropolis Museum in December. For two weeks in December, the Acropolis is recreated in all its glory in Lego bricks. Made up from more than 120,000 bricks, this creation is nearly as impressive as the Acropolis itself.

Athens and Epidaurus Festival

Athens and Epidaurus Festival

This festival is the annual arts festival and is a highlight of the Greek calendar. It incoproates a full programme of music, theatre and dance. It is a wonderful mix of modern and classic and is well worth visiting an event if you’re in the city.

Featured Athens Cruise & Stay Deals

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Athens to Cyprus

Celestyal Crystal | 10 nights

29 Nov 19
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
  • Flights Included
  • All Inclusive Cruise!
  • FREE Excursions
£599 View Deal

3nt Athens & 3nt Iconic Aegean

Celestyal Olympia | 6 nights

17 Mar 20
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
  • Flights Included
  • All Inclusive Cruise!
  • FREE Excursions
£679 View Deal

3nt Athens & 3nt Iconic Aegean

Celestyal Olympia | 6 nights

31 Mar 20
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
  • Flights Included
  • All Inclusive Cruise!
  • FREE Excursions
£679 View Deal

3nt Athens & 3nt Iconic Aegean

Celestyal Olympia | 6 nights

12 May 20
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
  • Flights Included
  • All Inclusive Cruise!
  • FREE Excursions
£729 View Deal

3nt Athens & 3nt Iconic Aegean

Celestyal Olympia | 6 nights

09 Jun 20
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
  • Flights Included
  • All Inclusive Cruise!
  • FREE Excursions
£779 View Deal

Athens Stay & Greek Favourites

Costa Victoria | 10 nights

16 Sep 19
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
  • Flights Included
  • Free Mealtime Drinks Package
  • Upgrade to Premium Cabin to get FREE All Inclusive
£799 View Deal

Athens & Iconic Aegean

Celestyal Olympia | 7 nights

24 Apr 20
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
  • Flights Included
  • Free All Inclusive
  • FREE Excursions
£819 View Deal

Athens & Iconic Aegean

Celestyal Olympia | 7 nights

13 Mar 20
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
  • Flights Included
  • Free All Inclusive
  • FREE Excursions
£819 View Deal

3 Nights Athens & 3 Nights Iconic Aegean

Celestyal Olympia | 6 nights

30 Apr 19
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
  • Flights Included
  • All Inclusive Cruise!
£819 View Deal

3nt Athens & 3nt Iconic Aegean

Celestyal Olympia | 6 nights

30 Jun 20
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
  • Flights Included
  • All Inclusive Cruise!
  • FREE Excursions
£829 View Deal

3nt Athens Stay & 4nt Iconic Aegean

Celestyal Olympia | 7 nights

26 Apr 19
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
  • Flights Included
  • All Inclusive Cruise!
£829 View Deal

Adriatic & Greek Gems

MSC Musica | 10 nights

12 Oct 20
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
  • Flights Included
£829 View Deal

Adriatic & Greek Gems

MSC Musica | 10 nights

28 Sep 20
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
  • Flights Included
£849 View Deal

3nt Athens & 3nt Iconic Aegean

Celestyal Olympia | 6 nights

03 Nov 20
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
  • Flights Included
  • All Inclusive Cruise!
  • FREE Excursions
£919 View Deal

3nt Athens & 3nt Iconic Aegean

Celestyal Olympia | 6 nights

10 Nov 20
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
  • Flights Included
  • All Inclusive Cruise!
  • FREE Excursions
£919 View Deal

3nt Athens & 3nt Iconic Aegean

Celestyal Olympia | 6 nights

17 Nov 20
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
  • Flights Included
  • All Inclusive Cruise!
  • FREE Excursions
£919 View Deal

3nt Athens & 3nt Iconic Aegean

Celestyal Olympia | 6 nights

24 Nov 20
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
  • Flights Included
  • All Inclusive Cruise!
  • FREE Excursions
£919 View Deal

Athens Stay & Greek Favourites

Costa Victoria | 10 nights

26 Aug 19
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
  • Flights Included
  • Free Mealtime Drinks Package
  • Upgrade to Premium Cabin to get FREE All Inclusive
£929 View Deal

Adriatic & Greek Gems

MSC Musica | 10 nights

05 Oct 20
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
  • Flights Included
£929 View Deal

Athens & Iconic Aegean

Celestyal Olympia | 7 nights

31 Jul 20
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
  • Flights Included
  • Free All Inclusive
  • FREE Excursions
£969 View Deal

Adriatic & Greek Gems

MSC Musica | 10 nights

11 May 20
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
  • Flights Included
£969 View Deal

3nt Athens & 3nt Iconic Aegean

Celestyal Olympia | 6 nights

29 Sep 20
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
  • Flights Included
  • All Inclusive Cruise!
  • FREE Excursions
£979 View Deal

3nt Athens & 3nt Iconic Aegean

Celestyal Olympia | 6 nights

06 Oct 20
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
  • Flights Included
  • All Inclusive Cruise!
  • FREE Excursions
£979 View Deal

3nt Athens & 3nt Iconic Aegean

Celestyal Olympia | 6 nights

13 Oct 20
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
  • Flights Included
  • All Inclusive Cruise!
  • FREE Excursions
£979 View Deal

3nt Athens & 3nt Iconic Aegean

Celestyal Olympia | 6 nights

20 Oct 20
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
  • Flights Included
  • All Inclusive Cruise!
  • FREE Excursions
£979 View Deal

3nt Athens & 3nt Iconic Aegean

Celestyal Olympia | 6 nights

27 Oct 20
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
  • Flights Included
  • All Inclusive Cruise!
  • FREE Excursions
£979 View Deal

Adriatic & Greek Gems

MSC Musica | 10 nights

04 May 20
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
  • Flights Included
£1019 View Deal

Adriatic & Greek Gems

MSC Musica | 10 nights

21 Sep 20
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
  • Flights Included
£1019 View Deal

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MSC Musica | 10 nights

08 Jun 20
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
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£1029 View Deal

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MSC Musica | 10 nights

18 May 20
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
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Adriatic & Greek Gems

MSC Musica | 10 nights

14 Sep 20
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
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£1049 View Deal

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MSC Musica | 10 nights

01 Jun 20
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
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£1069 View Deal

Athens & Idyllic Aegean

Celestyal Crystal | 10 nights

13 May 20
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
  • Flights Included
  • Free All Inclusive
  • FREE Excursions
£1079 View Deal

3nt Athens & 3nt Iconic Aegean

Celestyal Olympia | 6 nights

01 Sep 20
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
  • Flights Included
  • All Inclusive Cruise!
  • FREE Excursions
£1079 View Deal

3nt Athens & 3nt Iconic Aegean

Celestyal Olympia | 6 nights

08 Sep 20
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
  • Flights Included
  • All Inclusive Cruise!
  • FREE Excursions
£1079 View Deal

3nt Athens & 3nt Iconic Aegean

Celestyal Olympia | 6 nights

15 Sep 20
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
  • Flights Included
  • All Inclusive Cruise!
  • FREE Excursions
£1079 View Deal

Athens Stay & Greek Favourites

Costa Victoria | 10 nights

22 Jul 19
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
  • Flights Included
  • Free Mealtime Drinks Package
  • Upgrade to Premium Cabin to get FREE All Inclusive
£1079 View Deal

3nt Athens & 3nt Iconic Aegean

Celestyal Olympia | 6 nights

22 Sep 20
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
  • Flights Included
  • All Inclusive Cruise!
  • FREE Excursions
£1099 View Deal

Athens & Eclectic Aegean

Celestyal Crystal | 10 nights

06 May 20
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
  • Flights Included
  • Free All Inclusive
  • FREE Excursions
£1099 View Deal

1nt Athens & 7nts Idyllic Aegean

Celestyal Crystal | 8 nights

12 May 19
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
  • Flights Included
£1099 View Deal

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Celestyal Crystal | 10 nights

01 Apr 20
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
  • Flights Included
  • Free All Inclusive
  • FREE Excursions
£1119 View Deal

Adriatic & Greek Gems

MSC Musica | 10 nights

27 Apr 20
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
  • Flights Included
£1119 View Deal

Adriatic & Greek Gems

MSC Musica | 10 nights

31 Aug 20
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
  • Flights Included
£1119 View Deal

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MSC Musica | 10 nights

07 Sep 20
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
  • Flights Included
£1129 View Deal

Adriatic & Greek Gems

MSC Musica | 10 nights

15 Jun 20
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
  • Flights Included
£1149 View Deal

Adriatic & Greek Gems

MSC Musica | 10 nights

22 Jun 20
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
  • Flights Included
£1149 View Deal

Adriatic & Greek Gems

MSC Musica | 10 nights

29 Jun 20
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
  • Flights Included
£1149 View Deal

3 Nights Athens and 7 Nights Eclectic Aegean

Celestyal Crystal | 10 nights

18 Oct 19
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
  • Flights Included
£1169 View Deal

3 Continent Cruise with Athens Stays

Celestyal Crystal | 10 nights

26 Feb 20
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
  • Flights Included
£1169 View Deal

Adriatic & Greek Gems

MSC Musica | 10 nights

20 Apr 20
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
  • Flights Included
£1179 View Deal

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MSC Musica | 10 nights

13 Jul 20
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
  • Flights Included
£1179 View Deal

Adriatic & Greek Gems

MSC Musica | 10 nights

06 Jul 20
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
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£1249 View Deal

Adriatic & Greek Gems

MSC Musica | 10 nights

25 May 20
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
  • Flights Included
£1269 View Deal

Athens & Idyllic Aegean

Celestyal Crystal | 10 nights

22 Jul 20
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
  • Flights Included
  • Free All Inclusive
  • FREE Excursions
£1279 View Deal

3nt Athens & 7 Nights around 3 Continents

Celestyal Crystal | 10 nights

29 Nov 19
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
  • Flights Included
£1299 View Deal

Adriatic & Greek Gems

MSC Musica | 10 nights

20 Jul 20
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
  • Flights Included
£1319 View Deal

Athens & Idyllic Aegean

Celestyal Crystal | 10 nights

12 Aug 20
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
  • Flights Included
  • Free All Inclusive
  • FREE Excursions
£1329 View Deal

2nt Athens Stay and Med Cruise

Crown Princess | 9 nights

23 Apr 20
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
  • Flights Included
£1344 View Deal

2nt Athens Stay and Med Cruise

Crown Princess | 9 nights

14 May 20
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
  • Flights Included
£1344 View Deal

Adriatic & Greek Gems

MSC Musica | 10 nights

03 Aug 20
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
  • Flights Included
£1369 View Deal

Adriatic & Greek Gems

MSC Musica | 10 nights

24 Aug 20
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
  • Flights Included
£1379 View Deal

9nt Mediterranean & Adriatic with Athens Stay

Enchanted Princess | 9 nights

16 Jul 20
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
  • Flights Included
  • FREE Upgrade from Outside to Balcony
£1419 View Deal

Adriatic & Greek Gems

MSC Musica | 10 nights

10 Aug 20
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
  • Flights Included
£1419 View Deal

3 Nights Athens & 7 Nights Idyllic Aegean

Celestyal Crystal | 10 nights

26 Apr 19
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
  • Flights Included
£1429 View Deal

Adriatic & Greek Gems

MSC Musica | 10 nights

17 Aug 20
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
  • Flights Included
£1429 View Deal

2nt Athens and Barcelona Stays with Med Cruise

Crown Princess | 11 nights

23 Apr 20
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
  • Flights Included
£1440 View Deal

2nt Athens and Barcelona Stay with Med Cruise

Crown Princess | 11 nights

14 May 20
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
  • Flights Included
£1440 View Deal

11nt Mediterranean & Adriatic with Stays

Enchanted Princess | 11 nights

16 Jul 20
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
  • Flights Included
  • Brand New Ship!
  • FREE Upgrade from Outside to Balcony
£1519 View Deal

Adriatic & Greek Gems

MSC Musica | 10 nights

27 Jul 20
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
  • Flights Included
£1529 View Deal

11nt Mediterranean & Aegean with Stays

Enchanted Princess | 11 nights

09 Jul 20
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
  • Flights Included
  • FREE Upgrade from Outside to Balcony
£1549 View Deal

Adriatic Gems & Greek Icons

Azamara Pursuit | 11 nights

05 May 19
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
  • Flights Included
  • Free Upgrade to Oceanview Cabin
£1799 View Deal

2nt Athens Stay & 9nt Greece and Italy to Nice

Azamara Pursuit | 11 nights

12 May 19
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
  • Flights Included
£1869 View Deal

2nt Athens Stay & 7nt Adriatic Pursuit to Venice

Azamara Pursuit | 9 nights

12 Sep 19
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
  • Flights Included
£1949 View Deal

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Nautica | 12 nights

04 Nov 20
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
  • Flights Included
  • Speciality Dining
£1949 View Deal

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Azamara Pursuit | 13 nights

03 May 19
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
  • Flights Included
  • All Inclusive Cruise!
  • Up to $400 Onboard Spend Per Stateroom
£2099 View Deal

2nt Athens & 11nt Greece Intensive Voyage

Azamara Pursuit | 13 nights

22 Aug 19
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
  • Flights Included
£3179 View Deal

Charming Greek Isles with 5* Luxury Stays

Seven Seas Voyager | 12 nights

24 Apr 19
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
  • Flights Included
  • Free Transfers
  • All Inclusive Cruise!
  • Free All Inclusive
  • FREE Shore Excursions
£3649 View Deal

2nt Athens Stay & 12nt Divine Exploration to Rome

Riviera | 14 nights

12 Jul 19
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
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£3949 View Deal

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Azamara Journey | 16 nights

10 Sep 20
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
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  • Free Transfers
£4199 View Deal

Greek Isle Sunsets & Mykonos Retreat

Seven Seas Voyager | 14 nights

06 Sep 19
  • FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay
  • Flights Included
  • All Inclusive Cruise!
  • FREE Speciality Dining
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  • FREE Shore Excursions
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