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MSC Melody Retired To Make Way For Preziosa

MSC has announced that they will be retiring their oldest vessel, MSC Melody, following the impending introduction of their latest cruise ship the MSC Preziosa.

The MSC Melody is the longest serving cruise ship on MSC’s fleet having been in service since joining the operator from Premier Cruise Line in 1997. The 1098-capacity vessel was built in the French-based CNIM shipyard in 1982 having been originally christened the Atlantic for Home Lines.

A statement released by MSC states that the decision to retire the MSC Melody was made as part of a conscientious decision to offer guests the latest technological innovations and highest standards in comfort across their entire fleet.

"The decision to withdraw one of its first and most traditional cruise ships reaffirms MSC's focus on cutting-edge service and reflects the company's continued desire to offer travellers the highest standards in product innovation and the maximum in comfort, elegance and technology across the entire fleet”.

The MSC Melody is retired with immediate effect and is listed for sale with Lloyds. Guests who had already booked a cruise on Melody have been offered alternative cruise holidays with MSC.

MSC’s fleet is made up of 11 cruise ships, with the 3502-guest capacity MSC Preziosa set to join up later in 2013.