Dubai welcomes India’s first premium cruise liner to Mina Rashid

Jalesh Cruise’s ‘Karnika’ will port in the Emirate from June until mid-September

The Karnika cruise liner at Mina Rashid
The Karnika cruise liner at Mina Rashid

Jalesh Cruise’s premium cruise liner Karnika has entered Dubai for the very first time after making its first international trip from Mumbai.

The arrival of the Karnika cruise liner was marked with a ceremony with the ship’s captain and key industry stakeholders from the Dubai cruise committee.

The cruise liner departed Mumbai in May 2019 and will port in the Emirate until mid-September.

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The vessel will commence regular Arabian Gulf itineraries from June to mid-September 2019 for residents and visitors of Dubai. Guests can choose from two itineraries a week with Dubai as the home port; the Friday itinerary is set to cover Abu Dhabi and Bahrain, while the Monday itinerary will include Muscat and Khasab.

Dubai Cruise Tourism’s director Jamal Alfalasi said: “Our support for Jalesh Cruises further cements the enduring bond that exists between India and the Emirate, underpinning our continued commitment to Dubai’s top performing source market which brought in more than 564,836 visitors during Q1 of 2019.”

Meanwhile, P&O Marinas and Mina Rashid CEO Mohammed Abdul Aziz Al Mannai said the Karnika’s arrival highlights the value proposition Mina Rashid offers to luxury cruise lines globally.

“Our world-class quality services have exhibited Mina Rashid to be the preferred tourist destination observing a 172% increase in visitors between 2014 and 2018.”

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