At Fred.Olsen we aim to blend the best of the traditional with the contemporary to create a unique experience. Our new traditional afternoon tea service – a further enhancement of the on board experience, offers just that. Passengers who attend this service will enjoy views from our stylish Observatory Lounge with musical accompaniment from our on board pianist and other classical musicians, while a selection of premium teas from Taylors of Harrogate will be offered, served in porcelain pots, along with elegant finger sandwiches, dainty pastries and warm scones with jam and cream.
Having been successfully trialled on Boudicca,the new afternoon tea service will be available across the fleet by late May. With the service proving popular already, guests are asked to pre-book once on board, by contacting Reception or the Observatory Lounge Manager. A civilised and enjoyable way to experience traditional afternoon tea, as it should be done.
Please note:This service incurs a nominal fee of £5.95 per person. This service supplements our existing tea service, which will continue as usual on all our ships.
Comment: In my view this is a terrible idea. I see several problems. Firstly, offering 2 sorts of aternoon tea, in different places and one paid for will result in passengers being confused and unhappy onboard. Cue negative feedback.
Second, cue the conspiracy theory about 'dumbing down' the original offer to 'force you' into paying. There is nothing in this 'offer' that I wouldn't routinely expect in a 'normal' afternoon tea.
Thirdly, every other major line offers free afternoon tea of some kind without a charge. It will make Fred look 'poor value'.
Fourthly the idea of 'booking' afternoon tea - its all a bit too much like hard work.