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Florida
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If it is an itinerary you are particularly interested in, check again later. We wanted to go from Buenos Aires to Iquito on one of the 2 new H-L expeditions ships that aren't even built yet. Date is 2020. The Amazon was immediately sold out on the German booking site. Half a year later, it was available and we reserved a cabin.

A similar thing happened when Oceania offered their first world cruise. Sold out immediately, then cabins became available again and they started selling segments.
antwerpen
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Joined Apr 2007
i was on board for this short cruise - despite the lavish party and gala dinner or buffet ( there was a choice ) i will not repeat that particular cruise announced already for 2020
Moët champagne was served out of magnum and double magnums
i am far more into gastronomy as into fashion
also there were a lot of guests on board "to be seen "
aside that the ms Europa 2 was great as usual
California
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Joined Feb 2012
Europa 2 definitely does high tea every day 4-5, with a pianist playing. I did not go every day on my two times there but recall no themed teatime.

Their teatime is even more fancy than on Europa, as there were about 30 different teas you could select from, ( mostly loose leaf) and the cake etc display was larger ( more pax).
Service was excellent and ambience civilized, no loud yellers.

I had fun exploring, as I knew so little about teas ( a few basic favorites, am mostly a strong coffee gal).

For the hardcore coffee drinkers there are also special coffees served in the same venue. Germans are more coffee than tea drinkers, unless ill or taking something medicinal, but you would not guess it looking at the elaborate tea menu.


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antwerpen
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Joined Apr 2007
you even can choose and decide which cakes and sweets you will eat , as the display is on the big screen before entering the Belvedere lounge !
Florida
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Originally posted by Catlover54
Germans are more coffee than tea drinkers, unless ill or taking something medicinal, but you would not guess it looking at the elaborate tea menu.


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Best tea selection with the highest quality tea on any cruise line I know.
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Joined Jun 2003
Originally posted by Floridiana
Best tea selection with the highest quality tea on any cruise line I know.

I must be a real 'stick-in-the-mud' as I prefer English Breakfast Tea with cakes.


On it's own---- Japanese Green Tea ( Geisha optional).
California
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Joined Feb 2012
A reasonable way to figure out if there are any Brits on board, and who they are, (reception won’t tell you who and where they are, for privacy reasons, though they may tell you how many) is to go to high tea on the E2 or
Europa a couple times, and listen for their proper and beautiful pronunciations of the English language . If present at all, they are a tiny island mixed in between the German pax talking German and some German crew or pax stiffly talking school and college English to a few entertainers who speak no German ( Spanish, Russian, etc.)
Eventually, the Brits will likely surface at tea, especially if it is a sea day (though usually unaccompanied by geishas ), and you can decide if you want to approach them.

On the Europa a couple years ago, that is how I approached and met a very nice couple, and had tea with them a couple times, we had some interesting talks. On my latest cruise, I heard a couple people who were likely Brits talking at tea time, but they were surprisingly and uncharacteristically loud over the piano music. Based on the topics of their conversations, I decided to pass on approaching them, so I just eavesdropped instead in between listening to the piano music.

On the E2, the ship also offers a cocktail get-together for international pax early in the cruise ( last fall there were a couple dozen, though mostly Americans, where the cruise was along the U.S. coast).

Tea is held in the beautiful Belvedere lounge in the bow of the ship, equivalent to the observation lounge on SB. It is a wonderful, oddly underutilized venue.
On the E2 you can also get sit-down tea and coffee there earlier in the day, e.g., late morning, but without the the piano music and with less people, very calming.

I eagerly await the advance release of new itineraries this month ( unknown when) for both the E2 and the Europa for mid-2020 and beyond. If solo, you have to jump on them.

I know I will be pursuing an Ocean Sun Festival booking on the Europa in 2020, wherever and whenever it is, and have deliberately made no other travel commitments for that year until I see the schedule. Hopefully my illnesses will also stay in reasonable check until then ( so far so good). If the E2 were to also have a classical music fest, I would try and book that too, with or without DH ( I hope to drag him back there, even though he somewhat preferred SB).






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Brisbane
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Joined Jul 2012
Originally posted by Floridiana
Best tea selection with the highest quality tea on any cruise line I know.
Is it Ronnefeldt on the E2 as well? I always get Ronnefeldt care packages sent to me in Australia. While I have found some decent tea here, the prices are incredibly high.
near Munich/Germany
284 Posts
Joined May 2010
Originally posted by cathaana
Is it Ronnefeldt on the E2 as well? I always get Ronnefeldt care packages sent to me in Australia. While I have found some decent tea here, the prices are incredibly high.
It was in March this year My favorite is Morgentau....
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Past cruises:
07/2017 - Norwegian Pearl (7 days) - Alaska
01/2017 - Hanseatic (18 days) - Antarctica
04/2016 - Norwegian Pearl (21 days) - Panama Canal, Pacific Coastal
04/2015 - Europa 2 (10 days) - Transatlantic
09/2014 - Pride of America (7 days) - Hawai'i
10/2013 - Norwegian Spirit (12 days) - Grand Mediterranean
10/2012 - Norwegian Dawn (14 days) - Canada/New England
02/2012 - Norwegian Jewel (7 days) - Florida/Bahamas
01/2011 - Norwegian Star (15 days) - Panamacanal
04/2009 - Norwegian Gem (15 days) - Transatlantic, Western Med
04/2008 - Norwegian Jewel (14 days) - Western and Southern Caribbean
12/2004 - Aida Cara (14 days) - Christmas in the Med
07/1990 - MS Azerbaidschan (17 days) - Scotland, Faroes, Iceland, Spitzbergen, Norway