Post Date: November 10, 2020 - 12:01 AM
The Coronavirus proved no match for India's premier cruise line, Jalesh Cruises - also known as Zen Cruises. The company ceased operation earlier in the year and the company's only ship - The Karnika remained in layup off the coast of Mumbai India near the entrance to the harbor. As the pandemic continued the cruise line ran out of money and did not have the money to maintain a minimal crew, purchase fuel for the ship and food for the crew on board. The Indian Government had to come to the rescue of the abandoned crew providing funding to offload and get the crew home.
The Karnika debuted as Crown Princess for Princess Cruises in 1990 before being transferred to A'Rosa Cruises as A'Rosa Blu in 2002. In 2004, she was transferred to AIDA Cruises as AIDAblu. In 2007, she was transferred to Ocean Village as Ocean Village Two. In 2009, she was transferred to P&O Cruises Australia as Pacific Jewel. In 2018, she was sold to Jalesh Cruises and renamed Karnika, debuting in 2019. Jalesh Cruises ceased operating in October 2020.
Reportedly the ship remains at anchor, with no crew at this time, no power and in a state of disrepair. Sold at auction, the Karnika was purchased by Indian scrappers across the bay at Alang, India for $11.6 million dollars.
The Karnika is expected to make her way to the beaches in Alang in December.
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