Do you enjoy the quiet civility of a lovely afternoon tea? Or maybe you are a tea-aholic who can’t make it through the morning without a cup of your favorite pick-me-up. Or, perhaps, you’re a true connoisseur, someone who enjoys wandering past bins of aromatic tea leaves or sampling various varieties in order to find the one that will best please your taste buds.
Whatever the reason that you find tea irresistible, Silversea has a special cruise that you definitely won’t want to miss.
A Tea Lover’s Delight
It’s called the High Tea Cruise, and it will offer you a peek into the joyous world of tea, the most consumed beverage in the world. For instance, during this cruise, you’ll be shown that tea is very similar to wine in that the more you learn and understand about this beverage, the better you can appreciate the subtle — and sometimes not so subtle — differences between gourmet selections and their inferior counterparts.
You’ll also enjoy Ronnefeldt tea “degustations” — which is defined as a careful appreciative tasting that focuses on the senses, the culinary arts and good company. So expect to learn which Ronnefeldt teas will pair best with certain types of foods.
According to NPR, the art of pairing teas with food is relatively new but it is a growing trend. Some fine restaurants are even hiring tea sommeliers to help their guests choose the right tea to enhance their dining experience.
Tea Customs and Traditions
Famous author Henry James once said, “There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” And during this cruise, you will get to enjoy and learn more about the elegant custom of high tea, a cherished tradition in England that dates back to the 17th century.
Then there is the Japanese tea ceremony. No cruise that focuses on tea would be complete without a look into the quiet beauty of this traditional ceremony, which the Metropolitan Museum of Art calls a “ritualized, secular practice” and a “choreographed art requiring many years of study to master.” To teach its guests about the traditions and procedures involved in this ancient ceremony, Silversea has enlisted the help of Tatyana Polyakova, an expert on international etiquette and manners and a tea connoisseur.
On this cruise, you will get to enjoy visiting some of Asia’s most exciting cities.
Your High Tea Cruise will begin amid the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong. From there, you will travel to Vietnam, which is one of the oldest tea-producing countries in the world. Vietnam is also one of the largest tea producers in the world, and the beverage plays an important role in this country’s culture. It is served during celebrations and also during ritual ceremonies. And because the people of Vietnam believe that tea helps to bind people together, it is the beverage of choice when family members or friends get together to enjoy one another’s company.In Vietnam, you will be making several stops. The first will be Chan May where you will visit Hue, which was once Vietnam’s Imperial City and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The High Tea Cruise then travels to Nha Trang, which is home to some of Vietnam’s most stunning beaches. Your final stop in Vietnam will be Ho Chi Minh City, which was formerly known as Saigon and is the country’s largest city.
Your Silversea cruise will next take you to Thailand, which is famous for its gourmet green and oolong teas that are some of the most expensive and most sought after in the world. Your first stop in Thailand will be Bangkok, a bustling city that is sure to make your head spin with its electric energy. From there, you will move onto Koh Sumui, which is home to gorgeous white-sand beaches and azure seas.
The final port that you will visit on your High Tea Cruise is Singapore, a dynamic city where you will find an awesome blend of the old and the new, the modern with the ancient. This city has also earned a reputation as a playground for the rich and famous. Spending time in this vibrant city is an excellent conclusion for a very special cruise.
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