Victoria High Tea at the Empress Hotel Excursion Reviews

The elegance of High Tea at the Empress Hotel cannot be matched, but expect to pay handsomely for the privilege.
We arrived early and couldn't be seated until our reserved time which was fine as they had a lovely ...
Sail Date: September 2018
We arrived early and couldn't be seated until our reserved time which was fine as they had a lovely bar. The Fairmont gin is a beautiful blue colour that changed with the addition of tonic. The Hot Chocolate with Chartreuse was ... Read More
We arrived early and couldn't be seated until our reserved time which was fine as they had a lovely bar. The Fairmont gin is a beautiful blue colour that changed with the addition of tonic. The Hot Chocolate with Chartreuse was amazing. The hot chocolate was handmade along with chantilly cream. Tea was a delight and we were very pleased with our tea options and choices. Sandwiches were good, though a little dry. Scones were good. Never made it to the petite fours as I was full. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
We arrived at the hotel after a short tour of downtown Victoria, and had to wait to be seated.
Sail Date: July 2018
We arrived at the hotel after a short tour of downtown Victoria, and had to wait to be seated. The food served was good, tasty and varied, but my tea pot was tepid, almost cold. The tea, which was loose-leaf, tasted like water.
We arrived at the hotel after a short tour of downtown Victoria, and had to wait to be seated. The food served was good, tasty and varied, but my tea pot was tepid, almost cold. The tea, which was loose-leaf, tasted like water. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Crystal Cruises
We had window seat and everything was wonderful and beautiful...
Sail Date: May 2017
We had window seat and everything was wonderful and beautiful... Perfect afternoon. Even though it was a little too pricey.
We had window seat and everything was wonderful and beautiful... Perfect afternoon. Even though it was a little too pricey. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
This WAS NOT at the Empress.
Sail Date: June 2016
This WAS NOT at the Empress. The Empress is under going renovations.Although the tea food was good; it was nothing spectacular.
This WAS NOT at the Empress. The Empress is under going renovations.Although the tea food was good; it was nothing spectacular. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Everything about the the tea was amazing!
Sail Date: May 2016
Everything about the the tea was amazing!
Everything about the the tea was amazing! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Mediocre at best.
Sail Date: May 2016
Mediocre at best.
Mediocre at best. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Ok .....Our tea was in a little restaurant, not the hotel.
Sail Date: 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 ... Read More
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..... Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
We did get a reservation for High Tea at the famous Tea Room of the Empress so we walked back there.
Sail Date: April 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 ... Read More
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. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: UnCruise Adventures
great experience
Sail Date: June 2015
great experience
great experience Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
We sat with Miss Jane Marple as she described the details of her latest case..............no, not ...
Sail Date: June 2015
We sat with Miss Jane Marple as she described the details of her latest case..............no, 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 ... Read More
We sat with Miss Jane Marple as she described the details of her latest case..............no, 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. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Great tea, scones, sandwiches and desserts.
Sail Date: June 2015
Great tea, scones, sandwiches and desserts. Beautiful hotel and gardens......would have liked a table for two instead of six!
Great tea, scones, sandwiches and desserts. Beautiful hotel and gardens......would have liked a table for two instead of six! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
High tea at the Empress Hotel was wonderful.
Sail Date: 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!
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! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Crowded, but great service.
Sail Date: 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.
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. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Terrible experience.
Sail Date: June 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 ... Read More
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. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Beautiful gracious old building in perfect setting, a taste of days gone by.
Sail Date: September 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 ... Read More
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. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
We didn't have High Tea, but we had Afternoon Tea at the Empress.
Sail Date: August 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 ... Read More
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. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Save a bundle, take the shuttle to town and get your own high tea at the Empress.
Sail Date: August 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.
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. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
5 adults and 3 children went to High Tea.
Sail Date: July 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 ... Read More
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. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Disney Cruise Line
Received a wide assortment of scones and danishes.
Sail Date: June 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 ... Read More
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. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International