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  • On Sep 20, 2022
    Sami from TN Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I just booked a last-minute cruise on the Disney Dream for next week as a treat for my mom (our first mother-daughter trip!). She's British and I would like to surprise her with a good afternoon tea. Is a proper tea offered for adults-only on board?

    Ahoy there Sami, and welcome aboard planDisney! 

    Wow, a last-minute cruise on the Disney Dream as a treat for you and your mother? Looks like someone is making a run for the "Daughter of the Year award!" It looks like you picked a gem of an itinerary as well, with it being both a Halloween on the High Seas cruise AND a double dip at Disney Castaway Cay

    And here I am getting ready to sail next week as well and haven't called my mom in a few days...
    My current failings as a son notwithstanding, I do know tea and cruising, having previously worked for a tea company!

    I wish I had better news to make this whirlwind trip of yours even better, but unfortunately, there has not been an adults-only tea offering in quite some time aboard the Disney Cruise Line Fleet. Once upon a time, a Royal Tea was offered, but that has had its happily ever after closed for many, many chapters, and the Royal Court Royal Tea for the little sailors is not offered to solo adults. 

    So what's a tea-loving sailor to do? Well, there are a few options while aboard: tea in bags is available at all times during your cruise both in the dining rooms as well as at the beverage stations on the top decks! Aside from this, you can ask your dining team if there are any loose teas available - I've only had success with this infrequently, however, so best not to count on it being aboard! But as the merchant from Aladdin says, "I see you are only interested in the exceptionally rare..."

    In that case, my best planDrew-approved "tea tip" for you all is to make it a point to get off the ship in Nassau and make your way to a place called Bahleaf Teas - it's about a 30-minute walk from the cruise port just past Junkanoo Beach, but it is the best place on Nassau if you're looking for loose leaf tea! This place has the added benefit of sharing space with a bakery called The New Duff, and I can't believe I'm "spilling the tea" on one of my favorite "secret" places, but if you've never had a Guava Duff or Curry Bun...let me tell you...you're in for a major treat - plus delicious tea! 

    I hope that helps you steep up a bit of excitement for your trip next week, Sami! I know you'll have an incredible time, and thank you so much for your question! If you have any others as you make final preparations for your sailing, please drop me another line here at planDisney! Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go call my mom, haha! 

    SEA ya real soon! 

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