MS Qing


Cruise line
Small Cruise Lines

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MS Qing Review and Specifications

Specifications of MS Qing

Year built 1982  /  Age : 35
Flag state Panama
Builder CNIM
Speed 20 kn / 37 kph / 23 mph
Length (LOA) 204 m / 669 ft
Beam (width) 27 m / 89 ft
Gross Tonnage 35143 gt
Passengers 1064 - 1550
Crew 530
Passengers-to-space ratio 28
Decks 9
Cabins 532
Decks with cabins 9
Last Refurbishment 2013
Former names Atlantic, StarShip Atlantic, Melody, MSC Melody

Review of MS Qing

MS Qing is a cruise ship, previously owned and operated by MSC Cruises. Qing was built as Atlantic for Home Lines by CNIM shipyard in La Seyne, France in 1982. Between 1988 and 1997 the ship sailed as StarShip Atlantic for Premier Cruise Line.

History - construction & ownership

In 1997 the 35,143-ton, 1,250-passenger cruise ship ms Qing entered service for MSC Cruises as Melody. In 2004 she was renamed MSC Melody, and was retired in January 2013.

Cruise itinerary program

While on a repositioning cruise to Genoa, Italy sailing out of Durban, South Africa with 1,000 passengers and 500 crew members, on April 25, 2009 MSC Melody was attacked by Somalian pirates 300 km off Seychelles. Only pistol fire was successful in forcing the pirates to retreat. As a security precaution the original itinerary had been altered. The pirates were pursued and eventually captured on April 27, 2009 by the Spanish frigate SPS Numancia (F83).

ms Qing


MS Qing accommodated a maximum of 1,600 passengers in 532 cabins. The convenient and fashionable cabins are large and well-appointed. 

Entertainment options - Fun & Sport

Boasting the best of advanced facilities, ms Qing provides its cruisers with the opportunity to indulge in a treatment at the beauty salon and spa center or take in the rejuvenating ocean air on the specially-appointed jogging track. The elegant public areas with grand high ceilings lend the cruise ship a sense of openness. The retractable, see-through Magrodome gives the chance to enjoy one of the two pools even when the skies cloud over.

MS Qing wiki

Building cost USD 10 mill