Nov. 1-2020  Predictably short-lived and bankrupt Jalesh Cruises' the only ship "Karnika" (previously "Pacific Jewel") has been confirmed sold to Alang shipbreakers.

 KARNIKA

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Registered Owner:Jalesh Cruises Mauritius Ltd. - India - Beneficial owner: Essel group - India -  Operator: Jalesh/Zen Cruises India

Entered service: 1990 Ė Refits: 2002-2007-2009-2014-2018 - Gross tonnage: 70.310 - Pass. lower beds: 1674 - All berths: 2009 - Passenger decks: 11 - Length: 245,08 m. - Beam: 32,25 m. - Draught: 8,1 m. - Drive: diesel/electric: 4 diesel engines make MAN-B&W type 8L58/64  - Total installed power: 38.880 kW. - Propulsion: by 2 Alsthom electric motors of 12.000 kW each and 2 fixed propellers. - Service speed 19,5 knots - Max. speed 22,5 knots - Built: Fincantieri - Italy - Yard no. 5839 - Flag: Bahamas- Classification: LR.

Former Names: Crown Princess (1990-2002) - A'rosa Blu (2002-2004)- AidaBlu (2004-2007) - Ocean Village Two  (2007-2009) - Pacific Jewel (2009-2019 march)- Karnika (2019-oct.2020)

Sistership: Regal Princess now Pacific Dawn

   Passenger Space Ratio all berths 35
Aug. 20 -2018 P&O Australia announced today it had sold the Pacific Jewel; a buyer was not named and the 70,285-ton ship will leave the fleet in early 2019.

Aug. 30 -2018 Another new cruise line is entering the fold as Zen Cruises announced today it had purchased the 1990-built P&O Pacific Jewel and intends to start service in 2019 out of India. The cruise brand is owned by Essel Group, which describes itself as a "multi-faceted business conglomerate, with a legacy of over 90 years."The company today announced the appointment of industry veteran Jurgen Bailom as President and CEO of the Groupís upcoming cruise line business, Zen Cruises Private Limited.

Dec. 2-2018 Jalesh Cruises will introduce a new brand to the Indian source market in April of 2019 as Zen Cruises has confirmed its new branding and ship name as the Pacific Jewel will be converted into the Karnika and start service from Mumbai. The new start up which is owned by Essel Group. The company takes delivery of the ship on March 12-2019, and is planning a six week conversion at a drydock in Asia.

March 12-2019 The Karnika will drydock in Singapore for an extensive refurbishment to customize the ship to suit Indians travelers. It will then sail from Singapore to Colombo via Kochi, New Mangalore, Goa and finally arrive in Mumbai on April 17. The ship will be sailing initially between Mumbai and Goa in April and May before offering Middle East cruises. Between May and September cruise passengers will have a choice of itineraries between Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Doha, Dubai, Muscat and Sir Ban Yas Island.

 

March 6-2020 The Bombay High Court has given special permission for an arrested cruise ship to leave Mumbai temporarily in order to get out of the way of Cyclone Nisarga. The vessel, the Karnika (ex name Pacific Jewel), is India's first premium cruise ship. She made her first domestic voyage in April 2019 and homeported in Dubai for the 2019 summer season. After returning to Mumbai in September, she was scheduled to cruise India's coastline for six months, but her itinerary was cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Karnika was arrested in mid-March due to a $4 million financial dispute between her owners. In April, operator Jalesh Cruises was said to be in talks with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to use Karnika temporarily as a floating quarantine facility. Her crew has been gradually returning home in batches, and there are now just 63 seafarers on board.This week, Jalesh and the Bombay Port Trust both petitioned the Bombay High Court to permit Karnika to be moved to a safe location. The port and the operator raised the possibility that the vessel could be damaged in the storm and could cause damage to port infrastructure or other vessels. "I am of the view that MV Karnika and its crew and others must not be imperiled and must be permitted to leave for safer waters, as may be suggested by the port trust in consultation with the master of the vessel," court Justice AK Menon ruled. Menon imposed two conditions: the ship must return after the storm, and her top officers have to leave their passports in the custody of the port. AIS data show that on Tuesday, the Karnika left Mumbai and headed north, away from the storm. Despite the vessel arrest and the challenges of COVID-19, Jalesh says that it still hopes to restart operations this September with enhanced health protocols.

Jalesh Cruises reportedly has been in financial trouble for at least several months.

 Oct. 12-2020 Jalesh Cruises to the list of cruise companies shutting down for good due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The India-based, one-ship cruise operator wonít be emerging from a months-long, coronavirus-caused halt to departures, according to multiple news outlets in India. Mumbai-based Mumbai Live reports that creditors have had the lineís one ship, the 1,590-passenger KARNIKA arrested in Mumbai through Indiaís Admiralty Court. A skeleton crew that has been on the ship since it halted departures early this year has posted on Twitter in recent days that they have been left without a resupply of food or fuel, and they say they havenít been paid in months. A spokesperson for Jalesh Cruises did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Oct.28-2010 P&O Cruises Australia announced that Pacific Jewel is being temporarily withdrawn from service to enable a complex repair to be carried out on an extraordinary fault identified in a section of the shipís propulsion system. Nov.27-2010 Pacific Jewel sailed on schedule this afternoon after being temporarily withdrawn from service a month ago for repairs to her propulsion system and a stabiliser.

0kt.-2008 Carnival UK has announced that it is rationalising its portfolio with the phasing out of the Ocean Village brand, beginning in Autumn 2009. Consistent with Carnivalís strategy of investing in brands which show the greatest growth potential, both Ocean Village ships will transfer to the P&O Cruises Australia brand, the Ocean Village-Two (new name: Pacific Jewel) in time for Christmas 2009 and the Ocean Village (new name Pacific Pearl) a year later.

Sept.-2009 The Ocean Village Two is set to sail to Singapore on Oct. 22 -2009 the estimated arrival date is Nov. 14. A team of over 700 workers at Sembawang Shipyard in addition to 700 officers and crew from the cruise line will make her the Pacific Jewel. The ship is slated to sail for Sydney on Dec. 1 and on Dec. 12 will be officially inaugurated at the Overseas Passenger Terminal at Circular Quay.
Ship original entered service in 1990 as CROWN PRINCESS of P&O PRINCESS Cruises -USA.
Hand-over to P&O Germany - Seetours in 2002. After an intensive refit renamed as A'ROSA BLU mainly for the German market.
Due to  Arosa -brand is sold to Arkona-Germany and restructure of P&O-Germany after take over by Carnival Corp.Plc.The A'ROSA BLU is handed-over  to AIDA CRUISES begin of 2004 and renamed as AIDA blu. After a refit some public rooms are deleted such  as cinema. Added 34 staterooms by increasing number of passengers the ship is a little crowded.
Internal transfer from Aida to Ocean Village delivery spring 2007

 



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Pacific Jewel


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