Saturday, October 6, 2012

On Board HMY Britannia

One the best days in Edinburgh so far in terms of weather shined through today on our 30 minute walk from our flat to Leith to visit Her Majesty's Yacht, the Brittania. We're still waiting for our invite to the Jubilee, which might have gotten lost in the mail, oh well. I didn't know this, but the yacht is connected to the Ocean Terminal mall. It is fully accessible and with our student ID's we received a small concession.

Ever wonder how luxurious of a lifestyle the rich live? Come on board the Brittania. There are many elaborate rooms, furniture, artifacts from all over the world--way cooler than any cruise I've been on. My favorite room was the large living room with beautiful floral printed couches, salmon curtains, a baby grand piano and card tables, where the royal family would hang out. It's really special thinking of how even the most powerful can share time with family.

There's so much history on this ship. I saw many pictures of powerful people all around the world including Nelson Mandela, Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, etc. who have come aboard. This is a fun peace making ship/home. 

AJ carried me downstairs to the quarters where shipmates bunked. It was super crowded, but interesting to see how they lived. AJ had to carry me through that whole floor, so I'm not sure if it would be worth it for someone with the same mobility needs.
AJ and I had a light snack at the Tea Room, a little restaurant up the top of the yacht. We got to ride in the royal lift, which the royals would use to avoid going down stairs in large ball gowns. It is now designated for mobility disabled visitors. We enjoyed a pleasant view of the Leith port through the large glass windows. AJ had a fruit scone and I had Porelli's home made ice cream with 3 different flavors: Scottish table (butterscotch-like), mint-chocolate chip, and strawberry. Each flavor was equally delightful.


  1. Looking classy, Martina, as always!

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