Royal Yacht Britannia boosts capacity

The Royal Yacht Britannia is to boost its capacity with the restoration of the Royal Deck, which is to become available for private hire for the first time. Out of use since the Britannia was decommissioned in 1997, the Royal Deck will be opened up to corporate groups from 1 November. The Royal Yacht Britannia Trust is investing an estimated £1m to restore the Royal Deck, previously used by the royal family for cocktail parties, receptions and games, to its former glory. Refurbishment work on the yacht, which is permanently berthed in Edinburgh, will comprise construction of an awning-style roof, glass walls and restoration of the original teak decking. The deck will have capacity for 80 people for dinner or 130 for a reception, adding capacity to the yacht’s existing meeting spaces, which include the State Drawing and Dining rooms. On completion the vessel will be able to host 176 delegates for dinners and 380 for receptions. The Royal Yacht Britannia head of corporate events Angela Stewart said the restoration work would significantly enhance the yacht’s C&I offer. “We look forward to many spectacular events held on our Royal Deck,” she said. “This project embraces Britannia’s past in order to preserve a future for others to enjoy.”

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