India-based Jalesh Cruises has taken delivery of its first ship at Singapore. It formerly sailed as Pacific Jewel from P&O Australia.
Presently, the ship is in drydock at Sembcorp Marine Admiralty Yard in Singapore where it will undergo major refurbishments to suit the tastes of Indian travellers. It will be fitted with spas, salons, fitness, fine dining facilities and leisure facilities.
After a complete transformation, the ship will depart from Singapore for Mumbai in India where it will be renamed Karnika at a christening ceremony on April 19.
“Today marks an important day for the Indian cruise tourism industry with the acceptance of Jalesh Cruises’ first ship,” said Jurgen Bailom, president and CEO of Zen Cruises, the exclusive ticket selling agent on behalf of Jalesh cruises.
“We are going to offer a memorable vacation to passengers on board with exotic culinary experiences, international hospitality and best of entertainment shows at high seas. With Karnika, we mark the beginning of memorable cruise holidays that will bring joy and delight to the Indian and global community,” he added.
Initially, Karnika will be sailing between Mumbai and Goa for the first few weeks through to May 2019 before proceeding to the Middle East where it will remain till mid-September.
Itineraries will explore the coastal length of India and between May and September 2019, cruise passengers will have a choice of itineraries between Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Doha, Dubai, Muscat and Sir Ban Yas Island.