The Best Afternoon Tea at Sea
I love afternoon tea. It’s one the nicest ways to spend an afternoon, whether you are on holiday or just out for the day and I’ve tried a lot of them! Both on land and at sea. If I’m staying in a nice hotel, it’s a must and if I’m on a cruise it’s something that I just can’t miss.
When I went on my first Cunard Cruise I knew the Afternoon Tea was something that I had to try. People I had spoken to who had sailed with Cunard raved about how good it was. So it was at the top of my to do list.
The first day of our cruise was a sea day, so we thought we would give it a miss. Everyone seemed to be headed that way. There was a huge queue and a lot of people wanted to go but couldn’t get a table. We waited until our second day. We easily got a table it was much quieter than the day before. It made the atmosphere a lot more relaxed and less busy.
The Afternoon Tea
Afternoon Tea is served every afternoon in the Queens Room. It really is the most beautiful setting and everything you would want to make afternoon tea really special. You can choose your own tea from the menu but they do serve a special afternoon blend, which goes so well with the food. If you don’t fancy that, though, there are a few different teas and fruit teas available.
First of all, they bring round the sandwiches. These are not always the same and they do change the fillings and the way they are served on certain days. This means you can go more than once and you may get different things if you are on a longer cruise. Then there, of course, are the scones, with individual jams and creams, just the right amount for each scone. Finally, it’s the cakes. This is my favourite part, don’t eat too many sandwiches or scones because you will definitely want to leave the room. There are normally about 6 or 7 different types of cake or pastries so there is something to suit every taste. Of course, you can have as much as you want, and they will keep coming round and serving you more as well as topping up your tea.
Sometimes if you are lucky they will have the Queens Room Orchestra playing so people can dance while they are having tea, which just adds, even more, to the whole atmosphere. It’s almost like you have stepped back in time to the golden age of cruising. I really felt like this was Cunard at it’s best. The Afternoon Tea when you are sailing on one of the Queens is definitely something not to be missed!
Have you tried it? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below.
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