Cruise ship passengers amazed when Captain makes very unusual decision during UK stop off

Cruise ship passengers on the Azamara Journey were set to enjoy “the culinary and cultural offerings of Northern Europe” over the 10-day voyage. Azamara Captain Johannes Tysse took this into prime consideration when the cruise stopped off in Newcastle. He decided to order the 700 passengers food from bakery chain Greggs to give them a taste of the local food. Tysse earned “cheers” with the decision, with passengers even taking to Twitter to share their excitement.

The Norwegian captain ordered in a whopping delivery of sausage rolls, vegan sausage rolls and the north-east delicacy Stottie Cake (a round bread loaf).

Staff from the local Greggs shop on Newcastle’s Grainger Street were prepared for the morning delivery which was delivered directly to the ship by Greggs employees in partnership with the Port of Tyne.

The order came after cruise director Lee Hetherington – who hails from the north-east – enthusiastically recommended the Greggs menu to the Azamara Journey ship crew.

Hetherington is said to have encouraged Captain Tysse to put the order in ahead of the ship docking in Newcastle.

Tysse said: “Our UK crew told us that a visit to Newcastle wouldn’t be complete without a taste of Greggs as a culinary ‘must-try.’

“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.”

Passengers on the Azamara Journey shared their excitement at the delivery.

“Greggs sausage rolls onboard Azamara Journey in Newcastle… it’s as if I never left home!” Martin Hay tweeted.

Richard Twynam,  Managing Director, UK, Ireland and EMEA, for Azamara Cruises, told “It’s exciting that we had the opportunity to give our guests a real taste of Newcastle with a Greggs sausage roll, such an iconic and much loved Newcastle treat.

“And as a Greggs fan myself, I was delighted we could do this. These are the kind of unique, immersive experiences that we are proud to offer our guests here at Azamara, allowing them to truly enjoy a destination like a local.

Fiona Mills, Brand Communications Manager for Greggs, said: “It’s no surprise that this is the first time we’ve had a delivery request from a luxury cruise ship.

“We’re delighted to welcome Azamara to the North East and hopefully we’ve got a few new fans based on the amazing feedback we’ve had from passengers.”

Matt Beeton, Chief Executive Officer Port of Tyne, added: “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 Captain’s table.”

During the ship’s time in Newcastle, guests will enjoy trips to local landmarks including Hadrian’s Wall, Alnwick Castle, Durham Cathedral, Beamish Air Open Museum and York.

In July, Greggs announced their delivery service after 80 years in business. The bakery’s famous sausage rolls, bakes, wraps and breakfast menu items can now be delivered to more than one million doorsteps across London, Newcastle and Glasgow with hybrid marketplace for online food company, Just Eat.

Hannah Squirrell, Customer Director at Greggs, said: “We’re thrilled to be working with Just Eat to make it even easier for our customers to enjoy their breakfast and lunch menu favourites.” 

The exciting new partnership enables customers in London, Newcastle and Glasgow to order a select range of Greggs’ savoury and sweet menu items via Just Eat with no minimum spend, including Greggs’ famous Sausage Rolls, Vegan Sausage Rolls, Steak Bakes, Doughnuts, Bacon Rolls and Coffees – perfect for breakfast or lunch.