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Cunard has continously advertised in their past brochures and even in their new 2005 brochure that there is tea served in the Wintergarden. I was recently on the ship for three weeks and there was no mention of tea in the daily program, or i did not see anything being set up there during tea time. Maybe Cunard thinks it is ok to just have it in the Kings Court and Queens room, but i wish they would stop advertising it in their brochures. Has anyone been on it when tea is served in the Wintergarden?

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I was on the March 26th Three Continents Crossing and took tea almost every day in the Winter Garden.


Can't see why Cunard would have stopped this practice, especially since I can't see what else they would really use this space for.

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I saw a review somewhere recently - maybe a newspaper?? I think it said that they had stopped tea in the Wintergarden because it is too small?? Does that make any sense?

Nundi (Western Australia)

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To me it does make sense. On my June crossing for tea the Winter Garden was packed (to an unpleasant degree) while the Queens Room was almost empty.


Perhaps they want to consolidate tea service in one of the two rooms. The Queens Room has a larger capacity and there is more room for the waiters to get round. Personally I much prefer the Queens Room for tea. I just dont like the Winter Garden.


I did notice they were not advertising afternoon tea on deck, which I have enjoyed on QE2.


Best wishes, Stephen.

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It's hard to believe that there's already cause for nostalgia on such a new ship, but it sounds like there's no more tea service in the Winter Garden. Since I had dedicated one of my reports from aboard QM2 to that experience, I thought I would re-post it here in memoriam...or nauseum....or something. (Violins, please, maestro...)


"April 27th, 2004, 03:13 PM

"(Aboard QM2, Mid Atlantic, Tandem Crossing)


"Teatime Impressions...


"JP Evans and I had tea together in the Winter Garden this afternoon. Promptly at 3:30pm, a single line of waiters (mostly filipino) in white jackets and white gloves filed out of the kitchen and the harpist began to play.


"Within 30 seconds we had tea in our cups, followed by a platter of crustless tea sandwiches to chose from. I had ham, egg salad, and cucumber. JPE had ham, tunafish, and maybe salmon.


"A few minutes later,the scones arrived with clotted cream and jam already spread (everyone thinks they're cream puffs at first). Along with the scones were strawberry tarts, raspberry mousse, and assorted other lemon, chocolate, and creamy things.


"At around 3:35 I glanced up and noticed that the place was comfortably full and pretty much every seat was taken. (Tea was simultaneously being served in at least 3-5 other rooms on the ship.)


"There was a self-appointed chic, trendy lady who looked like Andy Warhol would look if he were a grandmother who wore a dazzling green blouse the same color as the handpainted leaves on the ceiling.


"There were couples, families, groups of friends, and travel tours all seated in different configurations around us. Quite a lot of grey hair, but a lot of life all the same.


"I pulled out a photograph I had downloaded from the internet of artists putting the finishing touches on the room and a piano tuner tuning the piano -- months ago before the ship was finished. I thought JPE would be touched and impressed, but he had already seen it and was neither.


"Two svelte and schmoozy looking Cunard British manager types in blue suits came and worked a table of what must have been VIP ladies of some sort very drippingly.


"RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 was not quite visible but a solid presence just ahead of us off to our port side.


"JPE and I disagreed over which way was forward and which was aft from where we were sitting, and JPE won.


"QM2 the ship, as she has been most of the day, was gently but perceptibly rocking fore to aft. Just enough to make you think you might have had too much to drink, even though you hadn't.


"Cheers, as they say, to you all."



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