Jalesh Cruises inaugurates India’s premier cruise liner – Karnika
Jalesh Cruises, India’s first multi-destination cruise line organised the naming ceremony of its first cruise liner, Karnika on April 19 in Mumbai. The occasion was graced by Shreyasi Punit Goenka, the godmother of the ship and was a star-studded affair, celebrating India’s four first-time achievers in sports, athletics, beauty pageant alongside Subhash Chandra, known far and wide as the Father of the Indian television. Milkha Singh, MC Mary Kom, Mahesh Bhupathi, Sushmita Sen were the pioneers present at the naming ceremony.
Jurgen Bailom, President & CEO, Jalesh Cruises said, “Jalesh Cruises is immensely proud to give India its first premium ship Karnika, which has been curated to indulge and entertain you in the true Indian style. She is a beautiful ship designed to enthral both domestic and international guests with the famed Indian hospitality. Our ship will make it possible for Indians to experience cruise vacations closer home with a high level of customisation that touches the sensibilities of people here.”
Karnika is a 70,285 ton home-ported vessel that promises to deliver international-standard cruising experience with a distinctive Indian flavour. With a carrying capacity of 2,000+ guests, the ship has four accommodation options including Ocean View (430 cabins), Balcony (162 cabins), Interior (209 cabins) and Mini Suites (36 cabins).
The deck and pool dining options are many, including The Essence of India, The Far Eastern Kadhai, Sugar & Spice, The International Grill, Hot Clay Tandoor, Kettle & Bun, Jain Haven, Vegetarian Bang, Street Food @ Karnika, The Cafe and Frozen.
Karnika is also home to three fine dining restaurants: Waterfront, Chef’s Table and Chopstix alongside nine bars.
The Marquee Theatre, the first-of-its-kind on an Indian cruise liner is a unique addition to the entertainment offered on board. Apart from that, Karnika also offers spa, salon and gym facilities to all.
The ship is also well-equipped to seamlessly serve senior citizens and differently-abled guests.
The ship undertook its maiden voyage on April 17 from Goa, followed by ceremonial sailing on the Mumbai high seas. She will be embarking on 15 voyages in the Indian waters from Mumbai to Goa and in the high seas till May 2019. Karnika’s first international voyage is slated to take place on May 24 to Dubai. Karnika also offers excursions to its guests at select ports.
Shedding light upon introducing a cruise liner to the Indian market, Rajiv Duggal, Strategic Advisor, Jalesh Cruises said, “India is very underexposed to luxury cruising. Unfortunately, we did not have a luxury liner until today. This ship has the responsibility of teaching Indians about sailing.” Duggal added, “This is the first time you have an opportunity to go on a cruise at a very affordable price. You’re getting entertainment, all meals on board and everything is of international standard. We have not compromised on anything.”
With Karnika, Jalesh Cruises aspires to introduce Indians to international cruising that celebrates India’s famous hospitality. Browse through Jalesh Cruises’ 2019 itineraries on www.jaleshcruises.com to experience India’s maiden cruise liner.
June 11, 2019