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Luxury cruise Captain orders a boat load of Greggs

By on Monday, August 19, 2019

The Captain of a luxury cruise ship, which docked at the Port of Tyne for the first time today, made an unusual order in the form of a special delivery from Greggs.

A typical cruise will carry the finest wines, oysters, caviar and kobe beef.

But when the 181m long Azamara Journey dropped anchor near Newcastle upon Tyne today it was missing a local delicacy –  Greggs Sausage Rolls.

Greggs were initially contacted by the ship’s Cruise Director, Lee Hetherington  who is very enthusiastic about some of Greggs’ famous menu items.

So much so, that Captain Johannes Tysse took the opportunity to order a boat load for the ship’s 700 passengers who are visiting as part of a 10-day culinary and cultural tour of Northern Europe.

The team at a local Greggs shop on Newcastle’s Grainger Street were on hand in the early hours to prepare for the morning delivery which was delivered directly on to the cruise ship by Greggs employees in partnership with the Port of Tyne.

Norwegian Captain Johannes Tysse of Azamara, said: “On our cruise of Northern Europe passengers will enjoy amazing dining experiences including visits to Bruges and Amsterdam. Our UK crew told us that a visit to Newcastle wouldn’t be complete without a taste of Greggs as a culinary ‘must-try’, and that for European travellers it joins the echelons of British food icons alongside Fish & Chips, Afternoon Tea and the Sunday Roast. We were all very impressed and even got a cheer.”

Azamara Cruises offer unforgettable journeys, the luxury cruise line prides itself in offering boutique experiences. From Newcastle the ship will sail on to Leith, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Bruges, before passengers disembark in Southampton on 27th August.

Matt Beeton, Chief Executive Officer Port of Tyne, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Azamara Cruises as we celebrate 20 years of cruising from the Port of Tyne.
When we heard about a special order from Greggs we were only too happy to help, after all only the best is good enough for the Captains table.”

Greggs has become the leading UK food-on-the-go retailer with nearly 2,000 shops nationwide, including 30 in Newcastle.

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