05/18/2011

Not quite the Royal Britannia ...

In case William and Kate get tired of relaxing in their luxurious digs in the Seychelles, the Royal couple has chartered a fast yacht to take them among the islands.

According to the Sun in London, the Duke and Dutchess of Cambridge have rented the Sea Stream, a 76-foot boat that can be yours for a modest $40,000 per week.

According to the newspaper article, the royal couple chartered the boat to jet between the islands of Praslin and La Digue.

The royal couple dined on sushi, Parma ham and other delicacies during their stay on the 2006 Ferretti motor yacht -- said to be the fastest luxury crewed boat for rent in the paradise island group.

Top speed is 25 knots and there's room for eight guests in four cabins, each one equipped with a TV/DVD entertainment system.

It's not exactly the Royal Yacht Britannia, but that grand old ship was decomissioned in 1997 after nearly 1,000 official voyages.


The Royal Yacht Britannia is seen in Toronto in this 1984 photo.

Among those voyages was a stop in Toronto in 1991, which caused a lot of excitement in the city. Prince Charles and Princess Diana were on a visit to Ontario in October of that year, and were joined by Princes William and Harry. Some photos from that visit can be found in our Prince William gallery.

Here are some PDFs from the Toronto Star during the Royal visit:

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