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Aboard MSC Melody, 27 Jul - 3 Aug 2003
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Melody Review Part I

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Public Rooms:- The majority of the public lounges are all on Lounge Deck, along with the shops, casino & photo gallery.

The Shooting Star Photo Gallery is a nice sized room, not in a walk through area, so causes no obstruction. The photographs are not too expensive & the photographers not overly pushy. Embarkation photos are taken, along with various photos about ship & in the dining venues, but not at every port of call. Formal photo sessions with 'backdrop' are available on the Gala & Formal nights.

Shooting Star Photo Gallery
Shooting Star Photo Gallery

Jewellery Shop
Jewellery Shop

The shops are small and were only open whilst at sea There's a Jewellery Shop, Cosmetic Shop, Boutique, Liquor Shop. Italian. The sales were not pushed, and there are no walkway stalls of sales. One day there was a stall of "50% Off Today Only" MSC Logo wear out by the Calypso Pool.

Sundry/Liquor Store
Sundry/Liquor Store

In Starlight Disco
In Starlight Disco

The Starlight Disco is a popular venue, with dancing & competitions going on well into the early hours. Also a popular meeting place for the Teens and their organised activities during the day and early evening. Decorated in bright deep blue, turquoise & pinks. Small dance floor.

Slot Machines in the Casino
Slot Machines in the Casino

The Casino is small with only a few tables, but many slot machines. The room extends across the width of Melody and has 2 walkways through it to Club Universe, the Show Lounge. One corner is given over to a Children's Arcade with various video machines etc at e1 a time, by means of tokens.

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The Library consists of 2 locked cabinets facing each other, in one corner of the Prom on Pool Deck. Open for a couple of hours each day & has books in various languages. On an itinerary not so port intensive, bring your own books. It did seem to be well used however.

The 'Library'
The 'Library'

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Club Universe

Club Universe

Club Universe

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Club Universe is the Show Lounge. All on one level in various pastel shades. A lovely room, but it can be awkward to see what's going on on the stage unless you are in the first few rows. Chairs are at awkward angles and the support struts obscure some views. Tables are slotted amongst the chairs and drinks are served in here. Surprisingly smoking was permitted to starboard, but I don't think anyone did; at least not near where we sat on that side.

Club Universe

For an International audience shows tend to be a variety of acts which everyone can enjoy. These included, Magic, Mime, Plate Spinning, Flamenco Dancing, Ali & Camel Baba, Singing, Dancing & Circus Acts. Some were good, others [Ali] were not to my liking. I didn't go every night. DGM-Fascination Ballet were the dance troupe and not bad. All introductions & thanks at the end of the shows were in numerous languages which can get tiresome after a while. Likewise all announcements made were in many languages, but they were few and far between. The room was largely empty during the daytime.

The Junkanoo Club & Bar in red, pinks & mauves, aft on Lounge Deck, was a very popular evening venue. A large dance floor, bands, candles on the tables set the scene for lively parties in the early hours. During the day quizzes were held in here.

Junkanoo Club
Junkanoo Club

Junkanoo Bar
Junkanoo Bar

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Blue Riband Pub

Framed photos of past Blue Riband Winners line each side of the entrance.

Blue Riband Pub
Blue Riband Pub

The Blue Riband Pub on the Port Promenade, Pool Deck, was unused during the day, but during the evening there was Easy Listening live music & 'Romantic' songs. A lovely room, for a peaceful drink & chat.


Port Prom

The Port & Starboard Promenade areas were used for playing board & card games. People did bring their trays in here from the Satellite cafe too. The Calypso Bar, which serves the Calypso Pool area, is on the starboard side.

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Quizzes of all types are held daily. Music of every type & style, Italian & International, can be found all over MSC Melody during the afternoon and evening. In every Lounge & Bar, on deck & around the Pools you will find something being played or sung. There are various competitions, tournaments, crafts, demonstrations, keep-fit sessions and many more activities going on all the time. There is Shufleboard, Deck Quoits, Table Football & Ping Pong to be played on deck [Deck Stewards provide the equipment, no deposit required]. No mini golf or netted area for ball games. No Art Auctions are held.

The Cabin. We had 2 cabins on Bahamas Deck. A 3 berth standard outside, B40, for Dave, Myself & Howard, and an inside, B38, across the hall for Beverley & friend Katie. These were spacious & comfortable with plenty of storage space. However the decor is a little bright & old fashioned; probably the original colour scheme. The bathroom in the outside cabin was very generous, even a small tub, just a shower in the inside cabin.

B40, Bahamas Deck
B40, Bahamas Deck

The double bed could be divided from the rest of the room by a curtain. The 3/4th berth was a sofa bed. A selection of toiletries are provided and replenished as required, including sewing kit, shower hats & shoe shine. Water temperature remains constant and a decent pressure. No hairdryer is supplied, but one can be borrowed from the cabin steward if you don't have your own.

The TV had various channels, view from the bridge, & showed documentaries on the ports of call, including historical facts & what to do and see, and how to get around. The electrical outlets are 110v [European 2pin round or US flat pin]. The cabin stewards have adaptors if required. Having a multi point extension lead is handy for a laptop & battery charger.

A bowl of fresh fruit was in the cabin [but no chocolate on the pillow at night], replenished daily by the cabin stewardess, Eugenie, who was excellent and spoke good English.

MSC Melody does not have a self-service launderette, but the standard laundry is reasonably priced. Different accommodation decks follow similarly brightly coloured decor in greens & reds.

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B40, Bahamas Deck
B40, Bahamas Deck

Eugenie, Katie & Assistant
Eugenie, Katie & Assistant

B38 looking across to B40
B38 looking across to B40

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The Children's Mini-Club, "Pluto's Play House", aft on Premier Deck was in a lovely room, brightly decorated. Open during different times of each day depending on the hours in port. Children could be booked in whilst parents went ashore on excursions, and there was a baby sitting service. Children under 3 are only allowed to stay if accompanied by a parent. Howard [7] enjoyed going, even though not many of the other children spoke English. There is a netted deck area with paddling pool. At the end of the week the children put on a performance, "Captain Giramondo's Show" in Club Universe.

The Teens had many activities & discos during the evenings, not so many during the daytime, mainly meeting in the Starlight Disco.

Children's Paddling Pool
Children's Paddling Pool

Green Hallway on Oceanic Deck
Green Hallway on Oceanic Deck

The Seasport Fitness & Health Centre was small but well used with a variety of programmes. The Beauty Parlour & Hairdressers was always busy, various packages of 'treatments' were available and there is a small Massage & Sauna room.

Beauty Salon
Beauty Salon

SS US
SS United States

At the Blue Riband Pub.

Europa 1930
Europa 1930

We sailed back into Venice under the red glow of sunrise. A beautiful city. Disembarkation was by way of colour coding depending on one's forward transport arrangements. We had a late afternoon flight back from Venice, via Milan, and were able to leave our luggage in the cruise terminal for a charge of e2.50 per item. We were off the ship by 10am and set out for a day exploring Venice on foot and Vaporetto.

MSC Melody is cashless onboard with everything charged to your cabin using the MSC Melody Card issued on embarkation. This is also used for security purposes when going ashore and returning in ports. Your picture shows up on the operator's screen. No other ID is required.

The Passenger mix was very International. Italian in the majority, but many British, German, French & Spanish passengers with a sprinkling of Austrian, other Europeans, Australian, New Zealanders, Canadian & American citizens. There was also a fair sized group from Japan aboard, who disembarked in Rhodes for a week on the beach, before resuming their cruise back to Venice. Passengers embark and disembark at many of the ports of call en route. You can take a straight 7 day round trip or spend time in a selection of the ports en route, resuming the cruise the following week. The language barrier was evident at times.

We had a wonderful cruise. MSC Melody is a 'fun' ship, very family orientated and affords a great value for money vacation. We'd return anyday.

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