There are over 600 cruise ships that sail the Nile. Most of these ships are small, 100 or fewer passengers. The Tosca, my water-going home away from home, is such a ship with space for about 80 passengers.
The Tosca is older and was supposed to be headed for a facelift when an unfortunate fire destroyed its replacement. Under the thoughtful leadership of Sameh Elsayed (the cute guy you see here),
the Tosca pulled together all its resources and greeted 71 travelers from all over the world to include this Unseasoned Traveler and my Traveling Companion. As mentioned, the Tosca is older, and it has a sort of Agatha Christie Murder on the Nile atmosphere.
A dedicated Tosca crew did everything possible to keep all passengers happy, healthy and safe.
A special invitation to visit the captain on the bridge inspired great confidence.
These Nile waterway experts have lots of experience. Our captain, on the right, and his co-captain, seated, have decades of river time. They dress in their traditional Egyptian robes…soooo cool!!!
Food is an important part of any voyage, and a voyage on the Tosca is no different. The head chef had everything under control with feasting for the eyes as well as the taste buds.
And if you want to stick to you dietary program….well, no problem.
Life aboard the Tosca is all about hospitality, but quickly, simply hospitable relationships begin to resemble more friendly ones…. as with our new friend, Ehab.
The shipboard entertainment was awesome….and exotic…music,
even a whirling dervish…quite amazing to see.
And we were lucky enough to have a pair of charming cobras visit the Tosca dockside. Did I really say,”Lucky?” My brave Traveling Companion took the photos below. Thanks, Bruce.
My personal space on the Tosca afforded me countless opportunities to see fabulous views of the Nile; the Nile River is the real star of this floating junket.
It blew my mind every time I thought of Cleopatra and Ceasar making their way up and down this river so long ago. She took him on a river junket so they might experience her kingdom together….what a romantic notion to ponder while looking at a Nile sunset.