Bernhard Schulte Cruise Services (BSCS) has been awarded technical management of Jalesh Cruises’ new vessel, MS Karnika, formerly known as MS Pacific Jewel. The 2,000-pax vessel, built in 1990, will operate cruises from India and Dubai during 2019.
Jalesh Cruises is part of the Essel Group, a multi-billion-dollar media and entertainment organisation.
The vessel underwent comprehensive refurbishment at Sembcorp, Singapore, prior to entering service from Mumbai, India, in mid-April 2019.
The BSCS dry dock and onboard teams are spearheaded by Capt. Frank Oertel, BSCS Director of Operations. Both Les Royle, BSCS Managing Director, and Martin Springer, BSCS Deputy Managing Director, spent a significant time with the new owners in order to map out a plan of action, implemented under a stringent timeline.
“We are very proud and excited to welcome this fine vessel into the management of BSCS. She is also symbolic being the first dedicated, domestic cruise operation on the Indian subcontinent,” said Les.