One of the best kept secrets on Carnival cruises isn’t a secret at all. It’s right there in the daily Fun Times schedule on sea days – Afternoon Tea. It sure seems like a secret if you attend though. It’s like an intimate little tea party compared to the amount of people on the ship.
Most passengers probably just skim right over afternoon tea on the daily program without really noticing it’s there, or they’ve never gone and have no idea what they’ve missed out on. It’s not just a cup of tea, though they do offer a nice selection of teas to choose from since it is a tea after all. Everyone selects the type of tea they prefer, and gets a little silver teapot of hot water.
Then they bring around the goodies. Sometimes on a rolling cart, sometimes carried in on trays. Tasty little treats you don’t see anywhere else on the ship or at any other time. Some of the best sweets we’ve ever had on Carnival ships have been at afternoon teas. They also may serve little tea sandwiches.
The last thing people on cruise ships need is more food of course, but it is a vacation so have fun. Afternoon tea is one more way to relax and enjoy what the ship has to offer. They seat people around large tables in the order they arrive, so it’s also a great way to meet new people and socialize with other passengers on the ship.
The whole afternoon tea experience is a delight, not just the food – and it’s free! You can take as much or as little of the food offered as you want.
2016 update – Carnival no longer offers flavored teas unless you want to pay extra for them so it’s a good idea to bring your own stash of tea if you want something other than plain Lipton.