Uniworld River Cruises’ Nile ship, the River Tosca, is ready for its second unveiling.
The Tosca entered back into service on March 22, after a seven-week dry dock to repair initial workmanship problems the ship had when it launched in October.
“As a company, we saw the need and opportunity to provide travelers to Egypt with a Nile River cruise ship that would incorporate the same high standards as our ships in Europe,” Uniworld President Guy Young said in a statement. “Uniworld commissioned the River Tosca with the goal that it would be one of the most luxurious ships to sail the Nile.”
However, the Tosca, which was built and then fixed by Uniworld’s partners in Egypt, Spring Tours, did not initially meet the company’s standards.
When the Tosca launched in October, the wood floors in the staterooms, main stairwell, and corridors had been scratched and damaged during installation; the mosaic tiles in the restaurant were loose; the paint and woodwork in the staterooms was imprecise; and the choice of fabrics in the staterooms was predominantly white, lending them to easy staining.
Consequently, the Tosca was dry docked from Feb. 1 until March 22 to make all the necessary repairs and adjustments to those areas.
“Dry docking the ship — in the height of the season — was a very difficult and humbling decision for the company,” Young stated. “It was the right decision to make, however, both for the long term success of Uniworld in Egypt and, most importantly, for our customers.”
Young, who recently returned from inspecting the ship, said that all the floors in staterooms, corridors, stairwells, and restaurant have been replaced. And that there are new wall coverings in the staterooms and the furniture has been reupholstered.
Indeed, photos from his visit show that the wood floors in the staterooms have been replaced with marble floors, the once-white fabric walls are now wallpapered and the furniture in the staterooms has been changed from stark white pieces to soft neutral shades. Additionall, the mosaic tiles in the restaurant have been replaced with wood flooring.
“I can now proudly say after visiting the Tosca that all the noted deficiencies have been resolved,” Young stated.
The Tosca has 30 remaining departures scheduled for 2010, and 42 departures scheduled for 2011. Uniworld’s Nile itineraries range from $2,249 for an eight-day itinerary during May and June up to $4,495 for a 12-day itinerary during December.