India’s first cruise line arrives in Dubai, offering cheapest cruises in GCC

Karnika will operate 29 cruises in total from Dubai (15 4-night roundtrip cruises, and 14 3-night roundtrip cruises).
Karnika at the cruise terminal in Dubai (image courtesy Cruise Arabia)
Karnika at the cruise terminal in Dubai (image courtesy Cruise Arabia)

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Karnika, the first cruise ship to be operated by Jalesh Cruises, itself the first-ever domestically owned mainstream cruise line in India, has made her maiden port call in Dubai, marking the start of her Arabian Gulf cruise season.

Karnika will operate 29 cruises in total from Dubai (15 4-night roundtrip cruises, and 14 3-night roundtrip cruises).

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With prices for the shorter itinerary starting at AED 770, and with each departure day falling on a Friday, they are the cheapest roundtrip cruises in the region according to Cruise Arabia & Africa.

Jalesh Cruises, however, will primarily be targeting its Indian cruise source market, with the majority of guests aboard the ship booking the voyage as a fly-cruise package from Mumbai, New Delhi and other major Indian cities.

“Jalesh Cruises is pioneering cruise holidays for Indian passengers in both domestic and international waters,” says Jurgen Bailom, president and CEO of the cruise line.

“As a leading tourism destination, Dubai is continuing to cement its position as the ‘Cruise Hub of the Region’, and the maiden port call of Karnika is an example of that,” said Jamal Humaid Al Falasi, Director, Dubai Cruise Tourism.

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“We are pleased to welcome Jalesh Cruises and all its guests on this maiden voyage into the Arabian Gulf as it homeports in the city,” he added.

Karnika will cruise roundtrip from Dubai a total of 29 times between the beginning of June and mid-September this year.

Karnika has multiple bars and restaurants, a spa, state-of-the-art fitness centre, retail promenade, two pools, and even a casino (which only opens when the ship is at sea).

Formerly operated by P&O Australia, the 1990-built cruise ship has been thoroughly refurbished and modernised by Jalesh Cruises during a drydocking in Singapore.

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