Monday, 4 November 2013

Afternoon Tea

High Tea and Cruising
Afternoon Tea on the Queen Mary Cunard Liner

What I love about cruising is the time to enjoy high tea!
Although one attributes this more to British based traditions and boats, this tradition has extended to other cruise lines.

 My dream was to sail on the legendary QE1 but she has since retired.
The Queen Mary 2 is the flagship of Cunard’s transatlantic voyage. There is much fuss over white-gloved service meaning the servers wear white gloves, as any amount of dirt will show. The main area where tea is served is located in the Queen’s Ballroom, a grand old nightclub type of setting with themed music. Here waiters offer Twinings tea poured from silver pots and trays of sweets as well as finger size tea sandwiches of egg, cucumber or ham. Enough to tie you before dinner. The pomp and history are what makes this experience worthwhile. Tea is somewhat very acidic and appears to be made in advance, thus sitting too long. Ask for a fresh pot whenever possible.

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