MSC Cruises Revises Itinerary For MSC Melody

In light of recent developments concerning possible acts of piracy against ships sailing off East Africa, MSC Cruises will modify the itinerary of the MSC Melody‘s 3-week cruise between South Africa and Italy to ensure the security and peace of mind for guests. The ship will now sail further from the Somali coast, adding about 643 kilometers to the original routing.


The cruise line has adopted navigation recommendations from the International Maritime Organization and the Maritime Security Centre for the Horn of Africa for its vessels sailing in the region. MSC Cruises’ ships will also adopt a range of additional security measures to minimize any risk to passengers and crew.


As a result of the longer time at sea, MSC Melody will skip the Egyptian port of Safaga to maintain the overall cruise duration of 22 days and 21 nights. The ship will continue to call at Port des Galetes, Port Louis, Port Victoria, Aqaba, Sokhna and Naples on its way to Genoa from Durban, where guests will be able to enjoy more time in the Seychelles and shore excursions to the ancient wonders of Petra and the pyramids of Giza.


The largest vessel in MSC Cruises’ classic fleet, the 35,143 GRT MSC Melody offers 532 passenger cabins and a selection of dining and recreation facilities onboard. The ship features 2 jacuzzis, 2 swimming pools and a unique transparent Magradome roof, which can be opened or closed over the spacious pool deck.

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