Recently, some of India’s top celebrities popped the bubbly at the St Regis Mumbai to welcome an exciting new idea in the luxe travel sphere. So what exactly did the likes of cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar, culinary maestro Sanjeev Kapoor, and top stand-up comic Papa CJ have to do with the launch of the first ever Monarch Cruise? Well, they’re some of the many stars that will shine onboard this new service for cruise aficionados from India, starting March 2017.
Monarch Cruise CEO, Somesh Jagga, and Vice-Chairman, Josh Hill, introduced the unique concept to everyone present at the launch ceremony. The glamorous cruise offers seven different itineraries with four 7-day legs, two 13-day legs, and one 26-day experience for cruise enthusiasts. The journey will include destinations in India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore. Apart from Sachin Tendulkar, Monarch has also named Aussie cricket greats Shane Warne and Brett Lee as brand ambassadors, along with the Master Blaster and Sri Lankan cricket star Kumar Sangakkara. You can also expect well known names such as famous stand-up comic and film actor Vir Das, DJ Khushi, singers Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Neha Kakkar, actress Neha Dhupia, rapper Badshah and a host of other illustrious personalities on the cruise.
What you can enjoy
Apart from the usual amenities on a luxury cruise, the 2,200 Indian globetrotters who book these exclusive itineraries for next year can also enjoy the outdoor swimming pools and jacuzzi, a mega waterslide, an Aqua Swim Jet Exercise pool, Captain’s Bridge viewing gallery, spa and foot reflexology lounge, private Karaoke rooms, and even duty-free shopping! And what with T20 Matches, Bollywood-themed shows, celebrity DJs and stand-up comedy acts, International song and dance troupes, sumptuous meals by masterchefs hosted by celebrities, cooking and mixology events, and shore excursions at some gorgeous ports of call across Asia (Goa, Kochi, Colombo, Singapore, Phuket, Penang and Kuala Lampur), there’s enough entertainment on this cruise to make it a journey of a lifetime!
Bookings for the sailings between March 6 and 31 2017 are now open: Book a Monarch Cruise. The cost per person is from INR 79,990 for a basic Inside Stateroom (lower deck) all the way up to INR 504,000 per head when sharing an Executive Suite.