It's servd in the dining room. You don't need to get dressed up. They serve you tea with your choice of lemon or milk, my favorite way of having it. They serve small sandwiches of different types, cookies and small pastries. It's yummy. I always go at least once when I'm on Princess or Cunard. Other lines have tea, some like HAL's chocolate tea are quite elaborate. But Princess and Cunard know how to do it right, British style.
Carole pretty well nailed it, but neglected to mention the scones. Also, you can "walk in" any time from 3:30 until 4:30 -- you don't have to arrive at 3:30 on the dot. They will seat you with others arriving at the same time.
Since I usually eat second seating, I ofen use afternoon tea as a midafternoon snack to keep the hunger pangs at bay -- which really is what the Brits do. They typically eat dinner around the tim eof the main ("second") seating in the dining rooms. Alternatively, if you sleep late in the morning and consequently eat breakfast very late (or perhaps I should say eat brunch instead of breakfast), as a log of folks do on sea days, tea is a great light lunch.
Those little scones are my favorite! Not as sweet as the pastries and cookies, but just enough flavor to hit the spot late in the afternoon. I just have to remember to go easy because we always eat dinner earlier. My daughter, who was 9 at the time, and I loved the feeling of being "pampered" by all the wait staff. They often have a music ensemble playing in the background. And, what's nice is you can go in "as you are" and don't need to dress up. I highly recommend Afternoon Tea. We sure enjoyed it on the Star Princess.
Forgot to mention the scones because the only place I've ever really enjoyed them was at a little tea cottage in Auckland, NZ, dripping with butter, raspberry jam and whipped cream. And after I fully rcover from my surgery I can go back to NZ and have them again and my cholesterol will stay below 150 like it always does after this procedure. No more low fat anything. Diabetes disappears so sugar is OK too. Can't believe it's real and that I've had it.
I too am sailing on the Sun Princess --Nov 16 2002-- and am really looking forward to tea-- as ususal. I did miss not having it on the Radiance-- when I was in Alaska--- Princess does a great tea----
Afternoon tea is one of our favorite things on Princess. We managed to go four times on our last cruise (Golden Princess, 10/5). With PC dining, we tended to go later than even second seating a lot of nights. (Especially after they moved the clocks ahead an hour to get onto Atlantic time.) So our dinners at 9 were just 8 EDT. The couple of times we did not make it back to the ship in time for tea, we ate pizza by the pool. That's also good.