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14 Night
Caribbean Transatlantic Cruise

Leaving:
Fort Lauderdale
Visiting:
Labadee, San Juan ... see more
Ship:
Independence of the Seas
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  • Day 1
    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Labadee
  • Day 4
    San Juan
  • Day 5
    St. Thomas
  • Day 6
    St. Maarten
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    Cruising
  • Day 9
    Cruising
  • Day 10
    Cruising
  • Day 11
    Cruising
  • Day 12
    Cruising
  • Day 13
    Cruising
  • Day 14
    Cruising
  • Day 15
    Southampton
Ship Details

Independence of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

Pros

Outstanding entertainment including "Grease," the musical; vast number of daytime activities

Cons

Food quality varies considerably; upcharging for certain activities can be wearing

Bottom Line

2018 refurb has reaffirmed the ship as one of the best family-friendly cruise ships afloat

Reviews

Independence of the Seas Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.5/5
Cabins4.0
Dining3.0
Service4.0
Value4.0

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  • Kids Club
  • Shore Excursions
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  • Select Dining
    Main dining room and/or buffet
  • Specialty Alternative Dining
  • Room Service
  • Butler Service
  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, cofee, and tea
  • Soft Drinks
    Soda and Juice
  • Alcohol
    Beer, wine, and spirits
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    Including smoothies and blended drinks
  • Specialty Fitness Classes

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14 Night
Italian Mediterranean Cruise

Leaving:
Southampton
Visiting:
Gibraltar, Villefranche ... see more
Ship:
Independence of the Seas
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  • Day 1
    Southampton
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Gibraltar
  • Day 5
    Cruising
  • Day 6
    Villefranche
  • Day 7
    La Spezia (Cinque Terre)
  • Day 8
    Rome (Civitavecchia)
  • Day 9
    Naples
  • Day 10
    Sardinia
  • Day 11
    Cruising
  • Day 12
    Seville
  • Day 13
    Cruising
  • Day 14
    Cruising
  • Day 15
    Southampton
Ship Details

Independence of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

Pros

Outstanding entertainment including "Grease," the musical; vast number of daytime activities

Cons

Food quality varies considerably; upcharging for certain activities can be wearing

Bottom Line

2018 refurb has reaffirmed the ship as one of the best family-friendly cruise ships afloat

Reviews

Independence of the Seas Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.5/5
Cabins4.0
Dining3.0
Service4.0
Value4.0

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    Main dining room and/or buffet
  • Specialty Alternative Dining
  • Room Service
  • Butler Service
  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, cofee, and tea
  • Soft Drinks
    Soda and Juice
  • Alcohol
    Beer, wine, and spirits
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7 Night
Greece & Croatia Cruise

Leaving:
Venice
Visiting:
Dubrovnik, Kotor ... see more
Ship:
Rhapsody of the Seas
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  • Day 1
    Venice
  • Day 2
    Dubrovnik
  • Day 3
    Kotor
  • Day 4
    Cruising
  • Day 5
    Santorini
  • Day 6
    Katakolon (Olympia)
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    Venice
Ship Details

Rhapsody of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

Pros

Personalized service and consistent quality in the main dining room and buffet

Cons

Entertainment options could be improved; shows amused but rarely wowed

Bottom Line

Comfortable, intimate midsize ship offers a solid choice of amenities

Reviews

Rhapsody of the Seas Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
3.5/5
Cabins3.5
Dining4.0
Service4.0
Value4.0

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  • Most Onboard Entertainment
  • Kids Club
  • Shore Excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Spa Services
  • Select Dining
    Main dining room and/or buffet
  • Specialty Alternative Dining
  • Room Service
  • Butler Service
  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, cofee, and tea
  • Soft Drinks
    Soda and Juice
  • Alcohol
    Beer, wine, and spirits
  • Specialty Coffee Drinks
    Including smoothies and blended drinks
  • Specialty Fitness Classes

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7 Night
Western Mediterranean Cruise

Leaving:
Barcelona
Visiting:
Palma de Mallorca, Marseille ... see more
Ship:
Oasis of the Seas
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  • Day 1
    Barcelona
  • Day 2
    Palma de Mallorca
  • Day 3
    Marseille
  • Day 4
    La Spezia (Cinque Terre)
  • Day 5
    Rome (Civitavecchia)
  • Day 6
    Naples
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    Barcelona
Ship Details

Oasis of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

Pros

Packed with activities, restaurants and bars, Oasis is manageable despite its size.

Cons

Mall-like interior means it's hard to see the ocean; expect lines at popular venues.

Bottom Line

Innovative and energetic, Oasis appeals most to active cruisers and families.

Reviews

Oasis of the Seas Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.5/5
Cabins4.0
Dining4.0
Service4.0
Value3.0

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  • Shore Excursions
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  • Select Dining
    Main dining room and/or buffet
  • Specialty Alternative Dining
  • Room Service
  • Butler Service
  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, cofee, and tea
  • Soft Drinks
    Soda and Juice
  • Alcohol
    Beer, wine, and spirits
  • Specialty Coffee Drinks
    Including smoothies and blended drinks
  • Specialty Fitness Classes

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7 Night
Southern Caribbean Cruise

Leaving:
San Juan
Visiting:
St. Maarten, St. Kitts ... see more
Ship:
Freedom of the Seas
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  • Day 1
    San Juan
  • Day 2
    St. Maarten
  • Day 3
    St. Kitts
  • Day 4
    Antigua
  • Day 5
    St. Lucia
  • Day 6
    Barbados
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    San Juan
Ship Details

Freedom of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

Pros

A dizzying number of onboard activities and top-notch entertainment ensure you'll never be bored.

Cons

The ship's central Royal Promenade is a bit like a shopping mall, and sales pitches are at every turn.

Bottom Line

Despite its age, the ship still shines, and there's something for every age group.

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Freedom of the Seas Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins4.0
Dining4.0
Service4.0
Value4.0

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  • Kids Club
  • Shore Excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Spa Services
  • Select Dining
    Main dining room and/or buffet
  • Specialty Alternative Dining
  • Room Service
  • Butler Service
  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, cofee, and tea
  • Soft Drinks
    Soda and Juice
  • Alcohol
    Beer, wine, and spirits
  • Specialty Coffee Drinks
    Including smoothies and blended drinks
  • Specialty Fitness Classes

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14 Night
Scandinavia & Russia Cruise

Leaving:
Southampton
Visiting:
Oslo, Copenhagen ... see more
Ship:
Explorer of the Seas
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  • Day 1
    Southampton
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Oslo
  • Day 4
    Copenhagen
  • Day 5
    Cruising
  • Day 6
    Tallinn
  • Day 7
    St. Petersburg
  • Day 8
    St. Petersburg
  • Day 9
    Helsinki
  • Day 10
    Stockholm
  • Day 11
    Cruising
  • Day 12
    Skagen
  • Day 13
    Stavanger
  • Day 14
    Cruising
  • Day 15
    Southampton
Ship Details

Explorer of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

Pros

A wealth of facilities, activities and entertainment for every generation

Cons

The high passenger capacity means queuing is inevitable

Bottom Line

With a broad range of activities, Explorer has something for everyone, from active cruisers to families

Reviews

Explorer of the Seas Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.5/5
Cabins4.0
Dining4.0
Service4.0
Value5.0

The second of five in the revolutionary Voyager-class series that started with

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  • Kids Club
  • Shore Excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Spa Services
  • Select Dining
    Main dining room and/or buffet
  • Specialty Alternative Dining
  • Room Service
  • Butler Service
  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, cofee, and tea
  • Soft Drinks
    Soda and Juice
  • Alcohol
    Beer, wine, and spirits
  • Specialty Coffee Drinks
    Including smoothies and blended drinks
  • Specialty Fitness Classes

** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

3 Night
Royal Sampler Cruise

Leaving:
Southampton
Visiting:
Brugge, Paris ... see more
Ship:
Independence of the Seas
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  • Day 1
    Southampton
  • Day 2
    Brugge (Bruges)
  • Day 3
    Paris
  • Day 4
    Southampton
Ship Details

Independence of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

Pros

Outstanding entertainment including "Grease," the musical; vast number of daytime activities

Cons

Food quality varies considerably; upcharging for certain activities can be wearing

Bottom Line

2018 refurb has reaffirmed the ship as one of the best family-friendly cruise ships afloat

Reviews

Independence of the Seas Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.5/5
Cabins4.0
Dining3.0
Service4.0
Value4.0

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  • Kids Club
  • Shore Excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Spa Services
  • Select Dining
    Main dining room and/or buffet
  • Specialty Alternative Dining
  • Room Service
  • Butler Service
  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, cofee, and tea
  • Soft Drinks
    Soda and Juice
  • Alcohol
    Beer, wine, and spirits
  • Specialty Coffee Drinks
    Including smoothies and blended drinks
  • Specialty Fitness Classes

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7 Night
Greek Isles Cruise

Leaving:
Venice
Visiting:
Kotor, Corfu ... see more
Ship:
Rhapsody of the Seas
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  • Day 1
    Venice
  • Day 2
    Kotor
  • Day 3
    Corfu
  • Day 4
    Athens (Piraeus)
  • Day 5
    Mykonos
  • Day 6
    Argostoli
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    Venice
Ship Details

Rhapsody of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

Pros

Personalized service and consistent quality in the main dining room and buffet

Cons

Entertainment options could be improved; shows amused but rarely wowed

Bottom Line

Comfortable, intimate midsize ship offers a solid choice of amenities

Reviews

Rhapsody of the Seas Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
3.5/5
Cabins3.5
Dining4.0
Service4.0
Value4.0

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  • Spa Services
  • Select Dining
    Main dining room and/or buffet
  • Specialty Alternative Dining
  • Room Service
  • Butler Service
  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, cofee, and tea
  • Soft Drinks
    Soda and Juice
  • Alcohol
    Beer, wine, and spirits
  • Specialty Coffee Drinks
    Including smoothies and blended drinks
  • Specialty Fitness Classes

** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

7 Night
Western Caribbean Cruise

Leaving:
Galveston
Visiting:
Cozumel, Grand Cayman ... see more
Ship:
Liberty of the Seas
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  • Day 1
    Galveston
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cozumel
  • Day 4
    Grand Cayman
  • Day 5
    Falmouth
  • Day 6
    Cruising
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    Galveston
Ship Details

Liberty of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

Pros

Great family-friendly programming on a large ship that is relaxing even with little kids

Cons

Food was underwhelming at times and the nightly entertainment was hit or miss

Bottom Line

Liberty of the Seas boasts a fresh feel and provides a fun vacation for all ages

Reviews

Liberty of the Seas Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins4.0
Dining3.5
Service3.5
Value4.0

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  • Select Dining
    Main dining room and/or buffet
  • Specialty Alternative Dining
  • Room Service
  • Butler Service
  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, cofee, and tea
  • Soft Drinks
    Soda and Juice
  • Alcohol
    Beer, wine, and spirits
  • Specialty Coffee Drinks
    Including smoothies and blended drinks
  • Specialty Fitness Classes

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7 Night
Greek Isles Cruise

Leaving:
Rome
Visiting:
Santorini, Mykonos ... see more
Ship:
Jewel of the Seas
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  • Day 1
    Rome (Civitavecchia)
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Santorini
  • Day 4
    Mykonos
  • Day 5
    Athens (Piraeus)
  • Day 6
    Katakolon (Olympia)
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    Rome (Civitavecchia)
Ship Details

Jewel of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

Pros

Few gimmicks, great service, rarely raucous

Cons

Costly extras, unimaginative entertainment

Bottom line

Uncomplicated classic cruising with all the traditional trimmings

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Jewel of the Seas Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
3.5/5
Cabins3.0
Dining3.0
Service5.0
Value3.0

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  • Select Dining
    Main dining room and/or buffet
  • Specialty Alternative Dining
  • Room Service
  • Butler Service
  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, cofee, and tea
  • Soft Drinks
    Soda and Juice
  • Alcohol
    Beer, wine, and spirits
  • Specialty Coffee Drinks
    Including smoothies and blended drinks
  • Specialty Fitness Classes

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7 Night
Western Mediterranean Cruise

Leaving:
Rome
Visiting:
Cartagena, Barcelona ... see more
Ship:
Jewel of the Seas
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  • Day 1
    Rome (Civitavecchia)
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cartagena (Spain)
  • Day 4
    Barcelona
  • Day 5
    Palma de Mallorca
  • Day 6
    Corsica (Ajaccio)
  • Day 7
    Portofino
  • Day 8
    Rome (Civitavecchia)
Ship Details

Jewel of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

Pros

Few gimmicks, great service, rarely raucous

Cons

Costly extras, unimaginative entertainment

Bottom line

Uncomplicated classic cruising with all the traditional trimmings

Reviews

Jewel of the Seas Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
3.5/5
Cabins3.0
Dining3.0
Service5.0
Value3.0

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  • Spa Services
  • Select Dining
    Main dining room and/or buffet
  • Specialty Alternative Dining
  • Room Service
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  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, cofee, and tea
  • Soft Drinks
    Soda and Juice
  • Alcohol
    Beer, wine, and spirits
  • Specialty Coffee Drinks
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14 Night
Asia Repositioning Cruise

Leaving:
Singapore
Visiting:
Darwin, Cairns ... see more
Ship:
Voyager of the Seas
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    Cruising
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    Cruising
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    Cruising
  • Day 5
    Cruising
  • Day 6
    Darwin
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    Cruising
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    Cruising
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    Cruising
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    Cairns
  • Day 11
    Airlie Beach
  • Day 12
    Cruising
  • Day 13
    Brisbane
  • Day 14
    Cruising
  • Day 15
    Sydney (Australia)
Ship Details

Voyager of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

Pros

Inside cabins have "virtual balconies," offering ocean views in rooms that normally have none

Cons

No consistency in dining room and buffet, food choices ranged from poor to great

Bottom Line

A good choice for anyone seeking a fun and active cruise experience

Reviews

Voyager of the Seas Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.5/5
Cabins4.0
Dining4.0
Service4.0
Value4.0

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12 Night
Canaries Adventure Cruise

Leaving:
Southampton
Visiting:
Vigo, Lisbon ... see more
Ship:
Independence of the Seas
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    Lanzarote
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    Gran Canaria
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    Tenerife
  • Day 9
    Madeira (Funchal)
  • Day 10
    Cruising
  • Day 11
    La Coruna
  • Day 12
    Cruising
  • Day 13
    Southampton
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Independence of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

Pros

Outstanding entertainment including "Grease," the musical; vast number of daytime activities

Cons

Food quality varies considerably; upcharging for certain activities can be wearing

Bottom Line

2018 refurb has reaffirmed the ship as one of the best family-friendly cruise ships afloat

Reviews

Independence of the Seas Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.5/5
Cabins4.0
Dining3.0
Service4.0
Value4.0

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7 Night
Mediterranean Cruise

Leaving:
Barcelona
Visiting:
Villefranche, Portofino ... see more
Ship:
Brilliance of the Seas
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    Villefranche
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    Portofino
  • Day 4
    Florence (Livorno)
  • Day 5
    Rome (Civitavecchia)
  • Day 6
    Salerno
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  • Day 8
    Barcelona
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Brilliance of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

Pros

Good dining for line's pricing, particularly at Windjammer and specialty restaurants

Cons

Air quality is smoky throughout ship despite smoking restrictions

Bottom Line

This comfortable, midsize ship is a good choice for theme cruises or short itineraries

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Brilliance of the Seas Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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4.0/5
Cabins4.0
Dining4.0
Service4.0
Value4.5

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7 Night
France, Spain & Portugal Cruise

Leaving:
Southampton
Visiting:
Paris, Vigo ... see more
Ship:
Explorer of the Seas
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    Lisbon
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    Southampton
Ship Details

Explorer of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

Pros

A wealth of facilities, activities and entertainment for every generation

Cons

The high passenger capacity means queuing is inevitable

Bottom Line

With a broad range of activities, Explorer has something for everyone, from active cruisers to families

Reviews

Explorer of the Seas Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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4.5/5
Cabins4.0
Dining4.0
Service4.0
Value5.0

The second of five in the revolutionary Voyager-class series that started with

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