You may find afternoon tea on just about every cruise ship, but none compare to the show-stopping event on Cunard ships, an iconic tradition for over a century and a half. Just how popular is tea time on crossings? The ship goes through a whopping 1.3 million tea bags every year.
This popular ritual takes place daily in the Queen’s Room, where a violinist or harpist plays. White-gloved butlers serve Earl Grey, Darjeeling, and "traditional afternoon tea," a house blend of Assam, Kenyan, and Ceylon selected just for Cunard from English tea maker Twinings. Crustless finger sandwiches, such as cucumber or tomato and cheese, are followed by sweets (including banoffee cake and fruit cake) served on fine white plates decorated with the gold Cunard seal. The best part: freshly baked scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam, which is brought in from Essex.