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MSC Melody

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Ship Specifications
Year Built: 1982 Age Restrictions: At least one person in
Year Refurbished: 2001 each room must be 21 years of age or older.
Previous Name: StarShip Atlantic Seating Assignments: Assigned
Guest Occupancy: 1,062 Assigned Dining Hours: Varies*
Crew: 535 Internet Access: No
Tonnage: 35,143 tons Bars/Lounges: 8
Length: 671 feet Spa: Yes
Beam: 99 feet Fitness Center : Yes
Cruising Speed: 19 knots Swimming Pools: 2
Decks: 8 Hot Tubs: 2
Ship Registry: Panama Bowling Alley: No
Casino: Yes Rock Climbing Wall: No
Show Room: Yes Ice Skating Rink: No
Disco/Night Club: Yes 24-Hour Room Service: Yes
Library: Yes Hair Dryer in Room: Only in Suites

*6:00 pm and 8:15 pm in Caribbean. 7:00 pm and 9:15 pm in all other destinations.
 

Overview
MSC Melody, formerly named MS StarShip Atlantic (when she was a member of Premier Cruise Line) and MS Atlantic (when she was a part of Home Lines), is one of the older ships in the MSC fleet (of which she has been a member since 1997). Among the features found onboard MSC Melody are a casino, show room, spa, fitness center, a couple of hot tubs and swimming pools, as well as a bunch of bars and lounges. One of the swimming pools has a retractable and see-through Magradome, which allows guests to swim even when the weather isn't that great.


Destinations & Itineraries
MSC Melody will be featuring cruises in the following regions (subject to change, based on the cruise line's discretion):

2013: Europe



Staterooms
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Dining
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Onboard Features
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Dress Code and Attire
Casual resort wear is appropriate at any time during the day on an MSC cruise. However, after 6:00pm, jeans, t-shirts, shorts, and bare feet are not permitted in the ships' public areas.

A cocktail dress for women and a suit or coat and tie for men are appropriate on formal evenings (one on 4- to 6-night cruises, two on 7- to 11-night cruises, and four on cruises 15 nights or longer).



Children Programs
Because of their "Kids Sail Free" promotion that's available on many sailings, there will be a decent number of children onboard most MSC cruises. This promotion is for kids 17 and under, when there are two full fare paying adults in the same stateroom as them. Some taxes and fees will still be charged for such children. MSC also offers a 30% discount on many shore excursions, for children under 12.

MSC has a children's program onboard each of their ships, consisting of three age-based groups. The Mini Club is for children ages 3 to 8; the Juniors Club is for children 9 to 12 years of age; the Teen Club is for 13 to 17 year olds. A variety of age-appropriate activities are available for children, such as shows, games, a mini-Olympics, painting, dancing, as well as arts & crafts. There is a children's menu available as well, featuring popular selections such as hot dogs, hamburgers, pasta and pizza.


Tipping and Gratuities
Gratuities are not mandatory, as they are at your discretion. However, MSC will automatically add a gratuity charge to each guest's onboard account (except aboard the MSC Rhapsody, where you should tip at your own discretion). On Caribbean cruises and Ocean Voyages this per adult, per day charge is $12, while it's €6 (Euro) per person per day on Europe cruises and $6 per person per day on MSC's South America cruises. Children will be charged half of the adult rate.

This gratuity charge covers the services provided to you by your maitre d’ and his assistants, your waiter and busboys, buffet staff, your stateroom attendant, room service, and bellboys. Casino dealers and spa personnel do not share in this charge, since not all guests utilize these services. A gratuity is included on all bar checks, for those serving you.

If you'd like to make any adjustments to this automatic charge you are allowed to do so, by contacting the main reception desk and explaining what you'd like to change.



Alcohol Policy
The minimum age required to drink alcoholic beverages while onboard an MSC cruise ship is 21 years of age. Any alcohol that is purchased by guests onboard the ship or in a port of call will be held by MSC until the last evening of the cruise (when they'll return it to you in your stateroom).


Gambling Policy
The minimum age required to gamble onboard an MSC cruise ship is 21 years of age.


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