It seems just days ago that Christmas decorations were coming down, Valentine’s Day was coming up and we looked ahead to what 2016 would bring. However, a more veracious picture is of striped candy canes, rich, white chocolate snowmen and deep milk chocolate Santa figures adorning the shelves, drawing the year to a gradual close.
And with the festive holidays on the horizon, The Royal Yacht Britannia looks towards the Christmas period. The thought of such a prestigious vessel illuminated in festive lighting is enough to ignite a child-like enjoyment and sense of wonder in the most Scrooge of characters, sat in all of its sophistication on the waters of the historic Port of Leith in Edinburgh.
Needless to say, The Royal Yacht Britannia makes for a spellbinding venue for a Christmas dinner or a festive evening drinks reception and is available for both corporate get-togethers or a private, intimate occasion. It’s hard not to be filled with awe when one imagines standing where some of the most important figures in history once stood, including personalities such as Frank Sinatra and Nelson Mandela to name just two.
As with every prestigious evening on-board The Royal Yacht Britannia, guests are welcomed aboard with the unrolling of the red carpet, while their arrival is serenaded by the Britannia’s own personal piper. Guests enter the ship via the Royal Brow, an entrance previously reserved for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Family. Once aboard the prestigious venue, guests are taken on a tour of the highlights of Britannia. This allows guests to experience life on-board, looking back through the decades. However, in the spirit of the festive season, The Royal Yacht Britannia is decorated to reflect the holiday, making an evening aboard truly ‘the event of a lifetime.’
The Royal Yacht Britannia offers a trio of Christmas events, each meticulously planned to please the most fastidious of guests. The first of these is ‘Britannia’s Traditional Christmas Dinner’, which by its very name, sounds undeniably inviting. Champagne and Christmas canapés are exclusively chosen by Britannia’s Executive Chef and served in the opulent State Drawing Room, dressed in a beautiful aesthetic of garlands, wreaths and a stunning Christmas tree with florid baubles. All the while, guests will be serenaded by Britannia’s own choir from the picturesque Grand Staircase. Whilst on-board, guests are treated to an exquisite four course menu in the State Dining Room. To close the evening, everybody is presented with a memento of their meal, in the form of an ornately wrapped Christmas Pudding which is made on-board in the original Royal Galleys, using a secret recipe only known within the circles of the Royal Family.
Alternatively, The Royal Yacht Britannia invite guests to share with them ‘The Magic of Christmas Dinner’, which consists of all of the above luxuries on-board a festive yacht. However, the true magic comes from the chiming, sweetly played tones of Britannia’s resident pianist, playing Christmas music to really set the mood, played on the original baby grand piano, once played by Princess Diana. Prepare to be mesmerised by the spellbinding abilities of Britannia’s resident magician, with amazing tricks and a rapier wit. After eating, guests are invited to try their hand in the nail-biting, white knuckle excitement of Britannia’s casino tables, with one twist – there’s no real money to be lost! These sophisticated shindigs both suit anywhere between 40 and 96 guests perfectly.
For slightly bigger parties, The Royal Yacht Britannia offers ‘A Sparkling Christmas Reception’, which perfectly caters for anywhere between 100 and 380 people. Guests are welcomed on-board in almost a Roman emperor fashion, guided by a spectacular display of flambeux before being treated to an array of Christmas canapés and the finest Champagne served in the State Drawing Room, dressed in a stunning display of wreaths, garlands and a breath-taking Christmas tree. All the while, guests are invited to explore Britannia from bow to stern, taking in all the experience and atmosphere, serenaded by the toe-tapping sounds of Britannia’s endlessly talented jazz trio, playing a plethora of festive tunes to keep the party in high spirits. Accompanying entertainment for the evening consists of casino tables, and to really wet your whistle, a Champagne and whisky tasting challenge.
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