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Tuesday, 08 January, 2019, 15 : 00 PM [IST]

Jalesh Cruises to start sailing from April 17 with Mumbai as homeport

Essel Group’s new cruise business vertical, Zen Cruises yesterday unveiled its first brand, Jalesh Cruises which aims to offer the best of entertainment shows, adventure activities and exotic authentic cuisines with international hospitality on the high seas. The first ship under the brand, ‘Karnika’ will sail from Mumbai on April 17, 2019. The ship has a capacity of 2,000 passengers and the ratio of the passengers to crew is 3:1. 

Speaking at the launch, Jurgen Bailom, President, 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. 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.” 

He added, “Zen Cruises wants to grow the cruise market as a whole in India. Our aim is to touch, delight and fulfill the lives of a million Indians and make them travel worldwide by 2025.”

“Zen Cruises will contribute a lot to our overall plans as the cruise line is making Mumbai its homeport. We will provide all necessary support to them,” said Sanjay Bhatia, Chairman, Mumbai Port Trust. Bhatia also said that what they had planned to achieve in 20 years, will now be achievable in one fourth of the time frame since Jalesh Cruises will make over a 100 callings in Mumbai.

Ashish Kumar Singh, Principal Secretary Ports & Transport, Home Department, Government of Maharashtra, said that Jalesh will bring a sea change in cruise tourism in the state. He said, “The launch of Jalesh will be a game changer and the Maharashtra Government will extend all possible help to make it a grand success.” He also said that the Konkan region is the most exotic coast in the country.

To give a wholesome experience of a cruise vacation to passengers, Jalesh Cruises will also offer on shore destinations and excursions across Indian port cities including Chennai, Kochi, Mormugoa, Mumbai, Vizag and international locations including Abu Dhabi, Colombo, Dubai, Muscat, Penang, Ras Al Khaimah and Singapore.

The company is on course to captivate cruise passengers with a tailor-made offering par excellence and to offer passengers fantastic entertainment, incredible culinary experience and majestic cruise vacation India and Asia.

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