Cost – Included in your cruise price (Sept 2015)
Background – Queen Elizabeth is the newest of the Cunard Line fleet.
Afternoon Tea is served daily on all Cunard Line ships. However, they vary slightly between ships. It is served in the lovely Queens Room and there is a live music accompaniment of either piano, string quartet or harp.
Tea is served by smartly dressed waiters wearing white gloves. They all appear on the dot of 3.30 to serve the gathered attendees at tables for two or four with comfortable chairs.
Contents – Triangle and finger sandwiches plus occasional small rolls (choice of several varieties), a choice of several varieties of cake, a scone (sometimes plain, sometimes fruit), a small individual jar of Tiptree jam, a small portion of clotted cream, tea made with tea bags.
Comments – Tea is served in the beautiful Queens Room with live music being played.
Tea is offered first with the waiters moving your cup onto their tray to fill from teapots. The tray is balanced on the hand of the waiter.
Sandwiches are offered first from large platters carried by waiters wearing white gloves. There is usually about six different fillings available on a variety of breads. You can have as many or as few as you want and can ask for the tray to be brought back.
These are followed by a choice of several varieties of cake from another large platter. Again, there are several varieties available with the choice varying from day to day. As with the sandwiches, you can have as many or as few as you want.
Finally the fresh scones are served from a further platter along with a very small amount of clotted cream in a little china pot. Strawberry jam was available ready on the tables in small individual jars.
Tea is served by a separate waiter who pours it whenever requested, as often as wanted. There are a small number of varieties of tea available on request, or English Breakfast tea is available as standard. The tea is always hot and of a reasonable strength.