Zen Cruises and Essel Group have confirmed that Jalesh Cruises will launch service for the Indian market with a first sailing from Mumbai in April of 2019, with bookings now open in both the Indian and international markets.
Jalesh Cruises, meaning “Lord of Water” is designed to offer a rich experience of Indian culture, hospitality and food to domestic and international travelers, the company said.
Jurgen Bailom, President and CEO, Zen Cruises said: “Zen Cruises is pioneering cruise holidays for Indian passengers in both domestic and international waters. Our premiere brand Jalesh Cruises believes in upholding the spirit, culture and values of ‘Incredible India’ by contributing to the growth of tourism and allied businesses in India. Jalesh Cruises will be a wholesome experience to cruisers who will get the best of culinary experiences, accommodation, wellness and retail therapy, adventure and entertainment, all packed together in one exotic vacation.”
Bailom added: “Zen Cruises wants to grow the cruise market as a whole in India. Our aim is to touch, delight and fulfil the lives of a million Indians and make them travel worldwide by 2025.”
Port calls in India include Chennai, Kochi, Mormugoa, Mumbai, Vizag and international locations including Abu Dhabi, Colombo, Dubai, Muscat, Penang, Ras Al Khaimah and Singapore.
Onboard Jalesh Cruises, passengers will be delighted with Broadway shows, plays, magic shows, live music concerts, dance shows, shopping and a host of other entertaining shows.
The ship, the Karnika, will be converted from the Pacific Jewel in March and offer multiple alternative dining options, the company said.
Photo: (L-R) Ashish Kumar Singh, Prin Secy, Transport & Ports, Home Dept, GoM; Sanjay Bhatia, Chairman, MPT; Jurgen Bailom, President & CEO, Zen Cruises