The pulse of the nation is ticking loudly on the raging issues of the GDP growth, and economic slowdown; embarking on luxury, cruise vacations may seem incongruous. But strangely, that’s not the case, according to the industry insiders. Quite a large number of Indian travelers are getting enticed by cruise holidays. Around 50 per cent growth has been documented in this sector.
Cruise Is the Latest Way to Vacate
In Indian tourism, cruises are a newbie and one of the fastest developing segment. For seafaringtravel bugs, cruises are a unique experience whereasit’s a great boost for the economy. Reports suggest that the total cruise callings on Chennai, Cochin, Mumbai, Mangalore and Mormugao were 138 ships carrying 1.76 lakh passengers in 2017-18. The number increased to 285 callings in 2019 and is projected to rise to 593.India has a total coastline of 7516.6 km. Out of this, the mainland coastline consists of 6,100 km and island coastline consists of 1197 km. that is still untapped.
Previously people used to go abroad for a cruise experience but now the picturesque scene of feasting on an orange sun setting in the horizon, nursing a glass of wine in one hand while the zephyr blows from the waves atop a cruise liner defines the latest whim of high-flying Indians.
India is Cruising
A cruise vacation is akin to a one-stop-shop for various experiences. Wake up in a different port every day or just be on the sea, soaking in all that is on offer. Hence, not only the destination, the journey, too, is equally enjoyable.”Cruise packages allow people to visit multiple destinations. There is a rise in cruise tourism as people want to experience the joys of different destinations in one holiday while enjoying the breath-taking views that only cruise voyages can offer,” states Daniel D’sSouza, President and Country Head, Leisure, SOTC Travel.
India has seen the introduction of luxury liners that touch down on Indian ports. For example, Jalesh Cruises proffers a cruise service between Mumbai, Goa and Diu. Cruise packages sound expensive but Indian cruises are offering affordable packages.
Jalesh Cruises is India’s first premium cruise catering to the Indian domestic and International cruise business. Indulge yourself in style aboard this delightful splendor for an experience you truly deserve. An assortment of restaurants & bars from casual to aficionado on the high sea involves gourmet food, extravagant environment and stylish interiors in the middle of the vast ocean.
They offer an unmatched journey packed with, out of the world experiences that will leave you begging for more. From peppy music, enticing cuisines, magical recitals and a surfeit of other happenings. The cruise is expedited to provide all-out enjoyment, fill hearts with delight, fascination and amusement; that will transport you into raptures of delight. City dwellers, living in concrete jungles, do not get to see the stars but aboard the ship, you can feast your eyes on the Milky Way. This is just a preview of what the cruise ship JALESH has in store.
Business travellers make up a sizeable amount of passengers. The MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions) space takes up a significant amount of business in India. Many corporate companiesare doing celebrations, award events, and conferences on the ship. For instance, Jalesh Cruise offers deals starting from Rs. 13,360 for two nights and three days and Rs. 27,360 for four nights and five days also with customised itineraries designed for specific corporates.
Capacity and Features
The ship can house 2,000 passengers, accommodated in 36 mini suites, 162 balcony rooms, 210 interior rooms and 430 ocean view rooms in the 14-deck Ship. It has three fine-dining restaurants on board, serving Indian cuisine at Waterfront and Chef’s Table and Thai, Malay, Korean, Mongolian, Taiwanese and Japanese cuisine at Chopstix. The ship furthermore hosts nine buffet and food stations proffering a variety of delicacies, extending from street food and barbecue to international grill, patisserie and exotic desserts. There is a special cuisine for Jain passengers. The nine bars on board the ship offer a chock-full range of bar menu and international premium spirits.
Shopping on the High Seas
High-end retail therapy is presented for guests to take home duty-free products from a host of prominent international brands. Jalesh is also furnished with the high-tech venue, modern technology and 24×7 Wi-Fi access, coupled with exotic cuisine and international hospitality which will offer the best corporate parties,off-sites as well as family celebrations.
Rejuvenate & Refresh
Jalesh is moreover the first Indian ship to provide therapeutic relaxation facilities on the high seas. The on-board Spa offers a host of aromatic and natural techniques for unwinding. Anultramodern fitness studio and multi-purpose salon facilities are also available to passengers.Besides, the cruise offers land-based trips at different ports for passengers.
Jaleshorganizes a mélange of onboard entertainment for children as well as adults extending from Broadway shows, India’s hand-picked stand-up comedians, magic shows with illusionists, and jaw-dropping jugglers from across the world. If the rooms are simple, the lobby, the Marquee Theatre and the restaurants are lavish. If you’re cruising with your family, a gaming zone, teenage unwinding zones, a kid’s zone got you covered, movies for the movie buffs and adventure activities, among others.
The Casino has its own faithful followers who can try their luck at the slots or table games. Located on Deck 8, the Player’s Casino will spoil you for choices. From most popular games like Blackjack, Poker, Casino War and Slot Machine Games to some remarkable table games, this place is sure to jack up your excitement.
Destination Weddings Onboard
If you are going to tie the knot then what can be better location than a luxury cruise for a destination wedding? In the escalating stage of cruise tourism, this new trend of hosting a wedding on the high seas has caught on which augurs well for JALESH.
Bookings & Reservations
Jalesh Cruises has initiated bookings for its 2020 itineraries. For local sailing between Goa and Mumbai. The sailing dates are – January: 24 – 29, February: 12 – 17, March: 12- 16, April: 10 – 15, May: 7 – 22.
You can book directly through Sayin Voyages Pvt. Ltd., the Preferred Sales Partner for Jalesh Cruises.
For local bookings, information you can contact Sayin Voyages office at, K Business Spaces, Mahanadu Raod, Vijayawada. Ph: 82628 26276, 90695 35455
– Harjeet Kaur