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MSC Magnifica will add Tea, coffee and kettles in cabins during the 2018 summer season. They share their research & say:

“Today MSC Cruises, the world’s largest privately-owned cruise line, released new research into the UK’s holiday habits. Research shows that Brits are serious about their home comforts with over half admitting to packing their favourite items of food and drink when travelling abroad, and almost a quarter stating they wouldn’t go on holiday at all if their favourite items weren’t available.

Tea came out as the most likely item to pack in your suitcase with over a third admitting they won’t travel without their favourite blend, closely followed by coffee and cereal. Whilst the research, conducted on 2,300 UK adults clearly showed that there are certain things Brits need to feel comfortable when travelling, it also uncovered that they aren’t afraid of trying new things with almost half stating that the thing they look forward to most about going on holiday is trying new and different food, with a further 35% stating they love to embrace different cultures.

MSC Cruises are taking this feedback seriously and have announced that their ship MSC Magnifica, which will be deployed from Southampton next year for the summer season, will give guests the ‘best of both worlds’ by making some enhancements to the cruise product to cater to the needs of British and Irish guests."

Read more and vote for the make of tea you’d like to see on board at:


Essex UK

If you like strong tea like me then you might want to try Yorkshire Tea from Taylors in Harrogate. Rington’s is good, but a tad expensive.

I find that there is more tea dust than tea leaves in PG Tips and Tetley’s!

This should really be in competitions, but thought it might appeal to fellow tea faces, who are not necessarily compers. 21st April is national tea day in UK. To celebrate, PG Tips are offering lucky winners to choose a new flavour tea and join the tea tasting ceremony with a Master Blender on Kensington Rooftop Gardens 21st April this year. No purchase necessary:


More about the tea festival:


Last Edited by Grey-Wolf at 13 Apr 21:25
Wakefield, West Yorks.

It’s quite an irony because their £1 a jar cheapo instant coffee is everywhere and just tastes vile in my opinion, whereas their tea is of a Rolls Royce standard.

Wakefield, West Yorks.

I haven’t seen Lyons tea for years, perhaps not looking in the right places for it.

There used to be a Lyons tea shop in Luton where I spent some of my early growing up years, you could buy your tea and also sit down and have a cuppa while you were in there…Oh happy days….


This one’s my bestest ever favourite and is back on the shelves again I’m pleased to say. They’re also running a competition for anyone who has friends or family in the USA and is sending out free packets of tea to celebrate Thanksgiving. Go on their Facebook page to apply.

Wakefield, West Yorks.

Be interested to know what Irish Breakfast tea taste’s like GW – if you try any post your thoughts…..


Here’s a lovely site, just discovered. Educational and inspirational:

Wakefield, West Yorks.
Time to stock up on tea,because it’s certain to go up quite substantially in the next few weeks because of poor supplies/harvests in India/Kenya.

I think Morrisons were doing an offer last week. Better check its still on & stock up.

Essex UK

Cooking oil…milk…now this…they’ve got it all pre-planned you know. A price increase on something for every month in the calendar year. Enforced Feudalism by commodity broking. In my opinion. Doubleplus good value label tea, comrade.

Wakefield, West Yorks.
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