Seabourn is inviting guests to sip tea at sea with an enhancement on the cruise line’s Afternoon Tea Service across the entire fleet. In keeping with English tradition, Seabourn’s new Afternoon Tea Service is nestled between lunch and dinner, available from 4 – 5 p.m. daily in the Observation Bar.
The key element of Seabourn’s new Afternoon Tea Service is the line’s addition of luxury tea brand TWG Tea. Established in Singapore in 2008, TWG Tea (which stands for The Wellbeing Group) offers a collection of over 800 different single-estate, fine harvests, and exclusive tea blends from tea estates in every tea-producing region around the globe.
Loose-leaf tea selections from TWG Tea include choices such as English Earl Grey, Imperial Lapsang Souchong, and Highlands BOP Ceylon. They are delivered to the table and properly served on handcrafted china from Bernardaud, the family-owned French porcelain company originally established in Limoges, France in 1863.
Afternoon Tea will also be accompanied by a set selection of desserts and snacks that will change daily on a rotating cycle, including gluten-free and vegetarian options, presented upon a three-tiered display tray at the guest’s table in the Observation Bar. A sand clock, started as soon as the tea hits the water, is left at the table to ensure that guests can steep their tea precisely the way they like it while the service staff explains the tea’s origins and how different steeping times can enhance the flavor.
Afternoon Tea is a traditional British tea service served at 4 p.m. between lunch and dinner, focused on serving light fare that includes scones, finger sandwiches, jam and marmalade. With roots going back for generations, history says that Afternoon Tea dates back to the mid-1800s and the Duchess of Bedford. At the time, kerosene lamps in wealthier homes helped usher in a late dinner, often served around 8 or 9 p.m., leaving people of the era, including the Duchess, feeling a bit hungry between meals. She decided to regularly invite friends over for tea and a selection of snacks during the late afternoon.
The idea of Afternoon Tea eventually spread across society, growing into a social occasion that continues to draw people together for interesting conversations to this day.
Seabourn’s enhanced Afternoon Tea Service is now being offered across the Seabourn fleet, with the TWG brand implementation ongoing and set to be completed in the coming weeks. Seabourn’s High Tea, a variation on Afternoon Tea, is offered on select afternoons with formal white glove service and live cooking features or themed menu options as accompaniments.
Examples of High Tea themes may include The “Viennese” High Tea with Applestrudel, The “Parisian” High Tea with Crêpes Suzette, The “Venetian” High Tea with Zabaione, and The “Royal” High Tea with English Triffle, which will typically feature more substantial food items than the Afternoon Tea service. Live piano music also accompanies the High Tea experience.