The 70,285gt, Crown Princess-class cruise ship is presently undergoing comprehensive refurbishment at Sembcorp Marine Admiralty Yard in Singapore prior to entering service from Mumbai, India in mid-April 2019.
The 2,000 passenger capacity ship will be named at a gala event in Mumbai on April 19. Karnika will operate cruises from India and Dubai for the duration of 2019.
BSCS Managing Director Les Royle and Deputy Managing Director Martin Springer worked closely with Jalesh Cruises on the new partnership.
Dedicated domestic cruise operation
‘We are very proud and excited to welcome this fine vessel into BSCS’ management, and being part of the first dedicated, domestic cruise operation on the Indian sub-continent and the Middle East.’
Jalesh Cruises is promoted by Amit Goenka of Essel Group, a multi-billion-dollar Indian conglomerate company with interests in media, entertainment and tourism, and has recently received a US$10m investment from a wholly-owned subsidiary of Delta Corp Limited, India’s largest casino gaming company.
The Indian cruise business has been conceptualised by experienced cruise veteran Jurgen Bailom, president & ceo of Zen Cruises, who has spent the past twelve months developing the onboard cruise product that includes unique entertainment formats, itineraries and shore excursion programmes.
Bernhard Schulte Cruise Services will be exhibiting on stand 2287 at the upcoming Seatrade Cruise Global taking place between April 8-11, in Miami.