High Tea At Sea with Azamara Club Cruises

Azamara brings the fine English tradition of afternoon tea to cruising

Britannia, rule the waves! So goes the famous patriotic ode to British sea power. But what's the point in having a powerful navy and sailing through much of the world if you can't stop every afternoon and enjoy a cup of tea? Not pausing for tea would be very un-British — uncivilized, even.

Enjoying tea and a biscuit

Azamara Club Cruises, the cruise line known largely for its service, cuisine and in-depth port experiences, is anything but uncivilized. Which is why they have brought the very British tradition of teatime to the world of cruising.

What's on the Menu

Every afternoon, whether in the Looking Glass Lounge, Mosaic Café or in your stateroom, Azamara, serves up tea and fresh scones with whipped cream and jam, plus handmade petite sandwiches in the traditional British style. This is not your run-of-the-mill tea, either. Your server will bring a satin-lined box of assorted fine teas from which to make your selection. There is also a variety of miniature cookies and fresh pastries available. Just enough nosh to carry you through to dinner — and complimentary, of course.

Afternoon Tea History

We can thank the Duchess of Bedford, Anna Maria Stanhope, for the tradition of afternoon tea. Back in the 1800s, the British upper class ate dinner late in the evening. Too late, in fact, for the Duchess — she was prone to fainting by midafternoon. To stave off low blood sugar and further episodes of swooning, the Duchess would enjoy a cup of tea accompanied by sweets and sandwiches around 4 p.m. Not one to dine alone, she'd invite others in her social circle to join her. This congenial activity spread and soon enough afternoon tea was a daily happening among society women. Leave it to Azamara to continue this wonderful tradition.

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