Not surprising Cunard is queen of the tea service

By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva

Tea time on Cunard

One of the highlights of a cruise is afternoon tea service. It is an elegant affair with a selection of yummy treats.

A poll of members of one of a Facebook cruise page reveals a few favorites. You can see the results at the end of this post.

Cunard cops first place

Tea cups down Cunard is a top choice.  This is no surprise considering it’s  a British cruise line.  Brits do love their tea.

Crystal Cruises rates a close second followed by, who would have thunk, CarnivalRegent Seven Seas, Silversea, Seabourn, Princess, and Viking  Ocean Cruises score well.

A few respondents admit never doing or knowing about tea service. Others eschew the idea saying, “too many extra carbs and calories.”

Take tea and see

Afternoon tea on Cunard is practically  a celebration of life.  The affair takes place  in an elegant setting  from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.   Twining’s fine leaf teas,  poured by white-gloved waiters, are served along with finger sandwiches, scones and pastries.

The traditional  service  place in the Queens Room,  the ship’s ballroom. You can also enjoy the affair in the Grills restaurants, accompanied by orchestral music.  A more casual option is available the Lido or King’s Court.

Crystal Cruises’ tea time is quite elegant. The service frequently features a theme where waiters dressed in period costumes. Tea is served in the pretty Palm Court on  Serenity and Symphony.

Princess puts their best teas forward

Princess puts out tea on all its ships. An elevated “Royal Tea,” is available for $20 per person on Royal Princess, Regal Princess, Majestic Princess and their upcoming Sky Princess.   It comes with a glass of champagne and includes a larger and more exclusive selection of teas and sweets.  Tea time runs from 3:30-4:30 pm.

The trademark British-style afternoon tea is held in an elegant setting with Samovars and tea boxes.

Extra calories come from finger sandwiches, cookies, biscuits and cakes served by white-gloved waiters in smart, formal attire. A less formal tea service takes place on the Promenade Deck where waiters stroll  around with a fully stocked tea cart.

At Leaves Tea Lounge and Library on Grand Princess, passengers can enjoy 500 different tea blends. Created in partnership with Mighty Leaf Tea Company, one of the world’s premier maker of artisan teas. A trained tea sommelier helps guests blend  personalized selections.

Oceania and Regent rate high on tea service

Yummy savories served on Regent Seven Seas Mariner

On Oceania tea time is offered daily in the Horizons observation lounge which is turned into a traditional tearoom with fine china, silver and linen topped tables. A classical string quartet provides background music as you bite into Oceania’s amazing pastries and sandwiches.

Regent Seven Seas, which sails under the same umbrella as Oceania, serves an impressive tea each afternoon on Seven Seas Explorer, Seven Seas Navigator and Seven Seas Voyager.

Other favorites

Silversea Cruises lets you take tea in your suite where your butler lays it out in style. The  ritual includes such choices as caviar and blinis, foie gras, crab claws and cheeses.

If you prefer to leave you suite you can sip your tea in a designated lounge. A selection of blends are offered along with  smoked salmon and cream cheese, chicken salad, roast beef and plenty of pastries, scones and clotted cream.

Viking Ocean Cruises holds tea in the Wintergarden solarium accompanied by live music and lots of delicious desserts and sandwiches.

Carnival Lines hosts tea time every afternoon at 3  on most of the ships in the main dining room. Some of the ships, not all provide string trio music as well.

The people’s choice

Cindy Lowe says “The best part.”

Sandra Phillips Did it on the princess – very nice!

Julie Widish Scones, strawberry preserves and clotted cream with tea served is my absolute favorite afternoon on any Princess ship.

Sylvia Despotakis Dupaly Celebrity Infinity has a nice tea.

Sue Audley Been on 2 cruises and loved them, but always been disappointed with the desserts. Taste very mass-produced and never really fresh.

Cunard fans

Jo Hardy Cunard is definitely do the best

Kathleen Laverty McElroy Cunard..!

Jane Nolan Cunard is by far the best experience in my opinion

Jo Hardy Cunard is definitely do the best

Bobbie Staples I find that most of the teas are buffet style. Princess has a beautiful tea in a dining room with white tablecloths and waiters serving the tea, scones, sweets and finger sandwiches. I think Princess is the best, as far as teas are concerned

Martina Olga Armijo Carnival has a very nice tea. One day has a table for all Veteran’s.

Elisabeth Grabner Phoenix is one of the best!

Janet Baron Holland America has One Going to give it a try in September :)

Pat Nottle Crystal Cruise has the best of all the teas.

Cynthia Sonntag Since I’ve never been on a cruise, I’d be willing to taste the tea for a free cruise!

Lois Bernstein Nosowitz do all ships have afternoon tea? Been on tons of cruises and have never done an afternoon tea! Would love to try it.

Sherry Sinard Holland America does a tea on sea days with a delicious assortment of tea sandwiches. scones and clotted cream, desserts and many kinds of tea. Always a big hit with cruisers and a full dining space.

Jeane Armstrong Celebrity do afternoon tea every day. With special cream afternoon tea for passengers with perks ( Elite etc..) by invitation only.

Sarwat Aslam Cunard with their white star service. It’s a proper afternoon tea – served as it should be (buffet style on other ships doesn’t feel like an occasion)

Rob Walters Crystal Cruises does an amazing job with their high tea….white gloved waiters.

Jean Hippchen Holland American teas are nice!

Not for me too many carbs and calories

Michael J Webb No. Already too much food available onboard.and the sugar and carbs is a death trap. I already do the stairs to keep the weight off. Don’t need any more temptation.

Sue Davidson Brezinsky Crystal Miller Stiegler, we should do this on our cruise. I’ve heard it’s fun.

Julieanne Dawson Delicious on Celebrity millennium


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