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Best Afternoon Tea On Cruise Ships

Best Afternoon Tea On Cruise Ships

Afternoon tea is a cherished British tradition that combines indulgent treats and aromatic teas with an ambiance of refined elegance. Enjoy this delightful ritual at sea, savouring delectable cakes alongside breathtaking ocean views.

Many cruise lines offer some form of afternoon tea onboard, ranging from a few sandwiches and pastries to a waitered service spectacular. Explore the best afternoon tea experiences in this blog post. 


Cunard, famous for its classic luxury and British heritage, is renowned for its traditional afternoon tea service. Immerse yourself in opulent surroundings, as white-gloved waiters serve a selection of fine teas accompanied by an assortment of freshly baked scones, finger sandwiches and delightful pastries.

They also offer a Champagne afternoon tea option which includes extra items and a glass of Laurent Perrier. This is at an extra cost. Standard afternoon tea is free.

P&O Cruises

Afternoon tea is popular on P&O Cruises. A classic experience is held in the main dining rooms from around 3:30pm which is a buffet-style afternoon tea. It offers classic sandwiches, cakes and freshly baked scones, with jam and cream of course. There is also a more formal option which is held in the Epicurean Restaurant. This serves beautifully crafted items like salmon tarts, orange blossom infused scones and a chocolate sphere. Whilst the classic afternoon tea is included, the Eric Lanlard experience starts from £14pp. 

Fred Olsen 

Fred Olsen’s afternoon tea caters for all kinds of dietary requirements, including a dedicated vegan menu. There’s a simple take on afternoon tea at the buffet each day which consists of cakes, sandwiches and scones with jam and cream. However, for a fee of £13pp, you can enjoy premium Traditional Afternoon Tea in the Observatory Lounge. 

Delight in a selection of premium teas alongside dainty pastries, warm scones, cakes and sandwiches. All this accompanied by the onboard pianist and other classical musicians.

Marella Cruises

Onboard Marella cruise ships, afternoon tea is far from traditional. You can expect West End themed afternoon tea with dishes inspired by famous musicals. This costs an extra £14.95 per person and is served in a specialty dining room. 

Virgin Voyages

You can find afternoon tea served on Virgin Voyages from 1pm to 4pm every day for $19 per person or $35 with a glass of champagne. It includes loose leaf teas, quirky sandwiches, exciting cakes and scones. Plus, classic hip-hop music while you dine. Destiny’s Child compliments the decadent pastries so well!

Cruise ships offer the perfect setting to enjoy the timeless tradition of afternoon tea while surrounded by the beauty of the ocean.

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