Jalesh Cruises’ Karnika will recommence sailing from November 6, 2020 and will offer free COVID-19 testing to passengers, following the Indian government’s announcement that cruise ships are permitted to sail from October 1.

On board testing 

Free rapid testing for COVID-19 and ‘other flu related testing’ will be given to Karnika passengers at embarkation; the results will be made available in 15 minutes.

Cruising in India 

The decision to allow cruises to resume is part of the Indian government’s Mission Begin Again campaign, which aims to reignite economic activity in the country.

‘The announcement by the Indian government to permit sailing by cruise companies comes as a fresh breath of air to all of us,’ says Jurgen Bailom, president and ceo, Jalesh Cruises. ‘We have been waiting to set sail with passengers and we eagerly await November.’ 

He added, ‘The health and safety of our passengers and our crew has been and will always be our priority. I would like to reassure our valued guests that they would not find a safer and cleaner ship than Karnika.’