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Victoria High Tea at the Empress Hotel Excursion Reviews

Victoria High Tea at the Empress Hotel cruise excursion
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The elegance of High Tea at the Empress Hotel cannot be matched, but expect to pay handsomely for the privilege.
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1 review
Jun 2016
This WAS NOT at the Empress. The Empress is under going renovations.Although the tea food was good; it was nothing spectacular.
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Provider: Holland America Line
Member Image vanessa0604
1 review
May 2016
Everything about the the tea was amazing!
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Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Member Image Justplainjeff
1 review
May 2016
Mediocre at best.
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Provider: Travel Leaders of Lynnwood, WA
Member Image cruzlvr4545
2 reviews
May 2016
Ok .....Our tea was in a little restaurant, not the hotel. It was truly wonderful though, with plenty of teapots for our table, and plenty of fancy little sandwiches and little cakes & cookies. I went with 3 friends, and we all really enjoyed the tea! Lots of fun too.....
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Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Member Image Chris555
6 reviews
Apr 2016
We did get a reservation for High Tea at the famous Tea Room of the Empress so we walked back there. It was very, very nice. Their tea was the finest I had ever tasted. Lunch was served on a three tiered plate in the middle of the beautifully set table. The first layer had finger sandwiches, second scones and the top mini cakes and tarts. All were absolutely delicious. The layer chocolate dessert was NOT as good as last night’s dessert on the boat.
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Provider: Un-Cruise Adventures
Member Image mortgagewizard
1 review
Jun 2015
great experience
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Provider: Princess Cruises
Member Image Geranium Blooms
1 review
Jun 2015
We sat with Miss Jane Marple as she described the details of her latest, not really, but it felt like it. Very Victorian and homey, and elegant and posh all at the same time. The tiny cakes were so decorative. I ate everything with no regrets.
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Provider: Royal Caribbean International
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2 reviews
Jun 2015
Great tea, scones, sandwiches and desserts. Beautiful hotel and gardens......would have liked a table for two instead of six!
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Provider: Holland America Line
Member Image marilu0379
1 review
May 2015
High tea at the Empress Hotel was wonderful. We experienced many types of finger sandwiches and beautiful tea cakes, as well as cookies. We were seated by the window and had a very nice waiter. The hotel is impressive!
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Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Member Image ihbprincess
1 review
May 2015
Crowded, but great service. First we rode a bus, very much like the City Tour, then we stopped at the Fairmont Empress, which is grand. We were served tea and plenty of cakes, sandwiches, candy, etc. Yummy and fun. go hungry.
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Provider: Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Member Image Bamagirl123
1 review
Jun 2013

Terrible experience. Ship got in late - had to rush through the tea. It was like fast food at Mcdonalds, not High Tea at the Empress. Had less than an hour at the hotel and for tea. Had to run back to the bus and by the time we got finished it was too dark to see anything. Paid $105 each -- total ripoff.

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Provider: Holland America Line
Member Image Begavalley
2 reviews
Sep 2012
Beautiful gracious old building in perfect setting, a taste of days gone by. Introduced by host and then served strawberries & cream before she poured our first cup of tea. The array of foods went from savoury treats to scones, jam & cream , to sweet goodies. Very generous helpings and bottomless tea cups.
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Provider: Holland America Line
Member Image ShamrockFL
1 review
Aug 2012
We didn't have High Tea, but we had Afternoon Tea at the Empress. Before we went, I asked on the Boards for some advice as to whether we should do this or the Butchart Gardens since we could not get an excursion to do both. The votes were probably pretty evenly split. However, those who favored the afternoon tea were pretty adamant about it. Now having done both, and I can explain how we eventually managed to do it, I would vote for the gardens. People advised that afternoon tea at the Empress was a once in a lifetime experience and in that regard they were correct -- I will never again in my lifetime pay $160 (tip incl.) for two people for afternoon tea anywhere.But was it worth it -- hell no! Yes it is one of the grand old hotels from the days when the gentry did this sort of thing and there is a degree of ambience there. But no way can this possibly carry a value of $160. The sandwiches, scones, pastries etc. were all typical of what I have had at teas elsewhere for significantly less money. There are many places in Victoria that do this just as well for a lot less, including Butchart Gardens. While we could not get an excursion to do both the gardens and the tea while we were there with the ship, we had planned to rent a car and drive to Vancouver for a few days. We decided to take one of those days and go back to Victoria to see the gardens and we were so happy that we did.
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Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Member Image Lilu12323
1 review
Aug 2012
Save a bundle, take the shuttle to town and get your own high tea at the Empress. Then walk into town and enjoy one of the several Irish and Scottish pubs, many with live music.
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Provider: Fairmont Hotel
Member Image rough and ready
2 reviews
Jul 2012
5 adults and 3 children went to High Tea. It was very nice. We all felt like honored guests. However, the price is the same for the children, and they hardly ate a thing. I would not take a child under 10 in the future. We enjoyed the food and tea very much.
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Provider: Disney Cruise Line
Member Image Pink35
2 reviews
Jun 2012
Received a wide assortment of scones and danishes. Tea was the highest quality blend of 4 different teas. The atmosphere was elegant. Empress provided boxes to take left overs with you back to ship. Also, we each were given a box of Empress tea with 30 tea bags to take home.
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Provider: Port Promotions

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