Bernhard Schulte Cruise Services (BSCS), part of Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement, has been awarded technical management of Jalesh Cruises’ new vessel, MS Karnika, for India’s first dedicated domestic cruise operation.
The 70,285-ton, 2,000-passenger Crown Princess-class cruise ship, formerly known as Pacific Jewel, is currently undergoing refurbishment at Sembcorp Marine Admiralty Yard in Singapore.
Following the refurbishment, the 1990-built ship will enter service from Mumbai, India in mid-April 2019.
The Bahamas-flagged MS Karnika will operate cruises from India and Dubai for the duration of 2019, according to BSCS.
“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,” Les Royle, BSCS Managing Director and Martin Springer, Deputy Managing Director, commented.
Jalesh Cruises, a brand of Jalesh Cruises Mauritius, is promoted by Amit Goenka of Essel Group, a multi-billion-dollar Indian conglomerate company, and has recently received a USD 10 million investment from a wholly-owned subsidiary of Delta Corp Limited.
Established in 2017, Bernhard Schulte Cruise Services expands the Schulte Group’s service offerings to the cruise industry.