MSC Melody photographed in April 2008.
1988—1997: StarShip Atlantic
2004 onwards: MSC Melody
|Owner:||1982—1988: Home Lines
1988—1997: Premier Cruise Line
1997—2013: MSC Cruises
|Operator:||1982—1988: Home Lines
1988—1997: Premier Cruise Lines
1997—2013: MSC Cruises
|Port of registry:||1982—1997: Monrovia, Liberia
1997 onwards: Panama City, Panama
|Builder:||CNIM, La Seyne, France|
|Launched:||9 January 1981|
|Acquired:||2 April 1982|
|Maiden voyage:||14 April 1982|
|In service:||14 April 1982|
|Identification:||IMO number: 7902295|
|General characteristics |
|Length:||204.81 m (671 ft 11 in)|
|Beam:||27.36 m (89 ft 9 in)|
|Draught:||7.80 m (25 ft 7 in)|
|Decks:||9 (passenger accessible)|
|Installed power:||Two 10-cylinder GMT-Fiat diesel engines
22,070 kW (combined)
|Speed:||23 knots (43 km/h; 26 mph) (maximum)
19 knots (35 km/h; 22 mph) (service)
|Capacity:||1,062 (double occupancy)
1,600 (all berths)
MS MSC Melody is a cruise ship owned and operated by MSC Cruises. She was built in 1982 by the CNIM shipyard in La Seyne, France for Home Lines as Atlantic. Between 1988 and 1997 she sailed for Premier Cruise Line as StarShip Atlantic. In 1997 she entered service for MSC Cruises as Melody, and was renamed MSC Melody in 2004. She can accommodate 1,076 passengers in 532 cabins. Her crew complement is approximately 535.
 Pirate attack
While on a repositioning cruise from Durban, South Africa to Genoa, Italy with some 1,000 passengers and 500 crew members on board, MSC Melody was attacked by Somalian pirates on 25 April 2009 when approximately 300 km off Seychelles at around 11:25 PM local time (19:35 UTC). A speedboat with six people on board drew alongside the ship, fired at the bridge with an automatic rifle and subsequently the pirates attempted to board the ship. Media reports indicate passengers fought off pirates by throwing tables and deck chairs overboard before the ship's security personnel could be mobilized. 
Later, the ship's Israeli private security detail attempted to repel the pirates by using the ship's fire hose and, when this failed, pistols. Pistol fire was successful in forcing the pirates to retreat, although after boarding their speedboat they continued to fire at the ship for another ten minutes. As a security precaution MSC Melody's original itinerary had been altered to allow her to circumvent some of the more pirate-infested waters. Additionally the Spanish auxiliary military vessel Marques de la Ensenada was scheduled to provide escort to MSC Melody through the Gulf of Aden, but she did not rendezvous with MSC Melody until the afternoon after the attack. The pirates that attacked MSC Melody were pursued and eventually captured by the Spanish frigate SPS Numancia (F83) on 27 April 2009. The suspected pirates were turned over to authorities in the Seychelles.
MSC Cruises announced on January 7, 2013 that MSC Melody had been retired effective immediately, despite being scheduled to sail through the summer season, and was listed for sale.
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