Jalesh Cruises to Launch its Second Vessel in 2020; Owing to Increasing Demands

BY Tiya Chatterji january 9, 2020

Essel Group's Jalesh Cruises owned by Subhash Chandra, sailed its first ship Karnika on April 17 last year and is planning to introduce a second vessel by October 2020 following a ginormous demand for cruise tourism in India.

"We witnessed huge demand since Karnika sailed from Mumbai on April 17, 2019. We are witnessing huge growth in bookings. In this calendar year we expect minimum 35-40 per cent growth in bookings from last year," Jalesh Cruises Strategic Advisor Rajiv Duggal told PTI on the sidelines of the launch of world's first 4-day business-to-business jewellery exhibition on board Karnika from January 6. He said, in order to cater to this growing demand, the company is planning to launch another vessel by October this year.

"Cruise is also a huge employment generating medium and cruise ships are heavy with crew members. Currently, in Karnika we have 900 crew and we will be adding another 900 with the new vessel," he said. As a long term goal, the company is planning to have 4-5 ships in next 5 years, he added. The growing segments for cruise tourism in the country are wedding, meetings, incentives, conferences and events (MICE) and young independent travelers, he said.