For many of us, afternoon tea is one of the best parts of cruising! Tucking into a delicious array of sweet treats – and those savoury sarnies – along with a nice cuppa and stunning ocean views. What’s not to love?!

We thought we’d round up the very best cruise lines for amazing afternoon tea – and we’ve narrowed it down to four!

Princess Cruises

Whether you think afternoon tea is a cruise staple – or something kept for a special occasion, Princess Cruises know how to make it a treat to remember. Offering a superb selection of teas and wholesome, hearty coffees, you’ll feel like a true royal in no time.

Especially as it’ll be served to you by white-gloved waiters in formal attire – this is a real sophisticated experience, set in an elegant dining room. Get ready to see a superb array of tasty treats – from freshly prepared finger sandwiches to cookies and cakes!


This classy cruise line is nothing but traditional – and that’s certainly the case with their afternoon tea, too. The onboard tea sommelier will help you choose your perfect brew, with choices including the likes of mint, Ceylon, jasmine, orange pekoe and of course, the classic English breakfast tea.

Get ready to tuck into delicious sandwiches such as salmon and cream cheese, roast beef with horseradish and even prawn salad. But make sure to save some space for some sweet treats too, as you’ll then feast upon scones, paired with clotted cream, jam, as well as pastries, fruit tarts and éclairs.

You’ll find that the added touches of the crystal chandeliers surrounding you make the experience all the more sophisticated, although the location of afternoon tea does differ depending on which Cunard ship you decide to sail on.

Marella Cruises

Afternoon tea is a daily ritual for Marella Cruises. Whilst some cruise lines charge extra for the pleasure of sipping tea and feasting on savoury and sweet treats, Marella Cruises aren’t one of them – it’s all part of your package.

The delicious pastries and cakes on offer compliment the traditional tea flavours perfectly, and as it’s included in the cost of your cruise, you can look forward to enjoying this splendid afternoon tea a few times throughout your sailing!

P&O Cruises

Have we saved the best ’til last? Quite possibly! P&O Cruises are all about quintessentially British experiences – and what’s more British than afternoon tea?

They love the concept so much in fact, that there’s more than just the one on offer! Afternoon tea is available on all P&O Cruises ships, and is served in one of the main restaurants onboard. However if you’re after something really special, there’s also Eric Lanlard’s afternoon tea too – a tempting menu of treats designed specially by Food Hero Eric Lanlard.

Designed to wow guests, you can expect intricate decorations and full on flavours – from Red Velvet Cake Pops to Lanlard’s West Indies Chocolate Tart, featuring a delicate hand-moulded star aniseed. Afternoon tea lovers – this one’s for you!

Eric Lanlard’s afternoon tea is available onboard Azura, Britannia, Ventura and Arcadia, and a cover charge will apply.

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Take a look at our Latest Deals for some cruise inspiration to get you tucking in to all these tempting treats in no time! Alternatively, just give us a quick call on 0800 107 2323 and a member of our friendly cruise team will be happy to find you your perfect sailing.

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