Interior view of the cruise ship that SRK’s son Aryan Khan was partying on ahead of the NCB raid



The Cordelia cruise ship Empress, which is at the center of a drug seizure involving high profile celebrities, set sail for Lakshadweep from Mumbai on October 2.

Shortly after, officials from the Narcotics Control Bureau (BNC), disguised as passengers on the ship, launched a raid that lasted nearly eight hours.

After the raid, Aryan Khan, son of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, and his friend Arbaaz Merchant were among eight people arrested by NCB officials.

Here’s an inside view of the cruise ship where the rave night was interrupted by NCB officials:


At 692 feet, the Empress cruise ship is huge. It was housing 1,800 passengers (its maximum capacity) at the time of the drug seizure. The ship has 11 decks and 796 cabins in total.


The Empress Cruise has several luxury facilities like a spa, salon, gymnasium, and even a shopping area that offers multiple brands. There is a card room, a reading area and even a place for educational and recreational activities for children called “Cordelia Academy”.

Certified daycare crew members are also there to help take care of the children.

Climbing, water sports are also part of the package. Excursions are also undertaken during the cruise.

For the trip that Aryan Khan was on board for, several features were announced by the cruise liner on Twitter, including an open-air theater, burlesque shows, flashy party, poolside toga party, kayaking , a family nightclub, Latin dance lessons, and whiskey and wine tasting.


The cruise also includes a food lodge, gourmet restaurant, three specialty restaurants and four bars, casino and casino bar, theater, pool, nightclub and lounges, as well as live bands and a DJ.

(Photo: Cordelia cruise site)


There are five types of rooms to stay at the Empress. The President’s suite is the largest and most expensive room. Other suites include Balcony Stateroom, Ocean View Stateroom, and Inside Stateroom.

The President suite. (Photo: Cordelia cruise site)


From regional specialties to gastronomy, the cruise caters to different palates.

While “Essence of India” serves regional specialties from across India, “The International Grill” offers gourmet cuisine on its menu.

The cruise serves Indian and international cuisine. (Photo: Cordelia cruise site)

A restaurant specializing in Pan-Asian cuisine. (Photo: Cordelia Cruise website)

The cruise also has a street food corner selling everything from Mumbai vada pav to Delhi chaat to Kolkata Rolls.

There was a beverage station and an ice cream and dessert stop among other novelty food stores.


The cruise has several liquor bars, including the Chairman’s Club, Connexions Bar, Pool Bar and The Dome.


Two night cruise for two adults and two children start at around Rs 40,000. Longer stays can cost up to Rs 5 lakhs.


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