Uniworld Boutique River Cruises latest and best ship, SS Antoinette, was christened last Sunday by her godmother and namesake, Antoinette (Toni) Tollman in Amsterdam. Ms. Tollman, daughter of parent company Travel Corp’s CEO, Stanley Tollman, was also the lead designer and guiding spirit for the ship’s interior decor.
The ship’s design was inspired by the Chateau de Versailles, and embodies an 18th century French style brought into the 21st century. As she explains it: “The design of the ship began with the spectacular blue sapphire 10-foot Baccarat chandelier that adorns the Antoinette’s two-story lobby. This very chandelier once hung in New York’s famous Tavern on the Green restaurant. My family and I had dined many times under that chandelier, and when the restaurant closed, we purchased it for sentimental reasons, planning to use it somewhere.”
Guests will see echoes of Versailles throughout the ship. Of particular note, the Salon du Grand Trianon was inspired by the Hall of Mirrors, and the Restaurant de Versailles by the ornamental gardens there.
The Antoinette, sister ship to River Beatrice (launched in March 2009 and named for Ms. Tollman’s mother), is 443 feet long and 37.5 feet wide. She has 73 staterooms, ranging from 167 square feet up to 391 square feet for the Owners Suite. Suites and staterooms on Deck 4 have private, open air balconies which can be enclosed by a retractable glass wall in cooler weather.
Among other innovations, the Antoinette has the first heated indoor pool on a river boat, as well as a 20 seat movie theater.
The Antoinette will sail the Rhine River, offering the “Castles Along The Rhine” itinerary. Service begins this Sunday, March 27th.