No one does tea like the Brits, and these traditional English ocean liners pull out all the stops. A parade of white-gloved butlers circulate the ballroom with a special mix of Ceylon, Assam, and Kenyan — crafted specifically for Cunard by Twinings — while a live string quartet or harpist plays in the background. The fresh warm scones, topped off by airy clotted cream and jam from Essex, are something to write home about. Before you’ve finished your first cucumber sandwich, the white-gloved butlers will return to fill your bottomless cup.
The Details: Passengers start lining up outside of the Queen’s Room long before the popular event starts at 3:00 p.m. each day. The tea is complimentary, but you can also pay $26.50 for a Veuve Cliquot Champagne tea in a more intimate setting.