The food at Greggs is a staple of the British diet, but now it's been given serious foodie credentials after one cruise captain decided his 700 passengers needed to try it.
Captain Johannes Tysse decided that Greggs needed to be on the menu for his passengers on a food and culture-themed sailing on board luxury cruise ship Azamara Journey .
So much so that he decided to order a boat-load of Greggs including Sausage Rolls, Vegan Sausage Rolls and – a North East favourite – Stottie Cake.
Considering that the luxury ship's menu usually consists of the likes of lobster, caviar, oysters and fine wine, it made for quite the foodie adventure for guests.
It was the ship's Cruise Director, Lee Hetherington from Heworth in Gateshead, who had shared his enthusiasm for Greggs which prompted Captain Johannes to put in the order.
The team at the local Greggs shop on Newcastle’s Grainger Street were more than happy to oblige, working in the early hours of the morning to prepare the order.
When Azamara Journey docked at Port of Tyne for the first time, the team directly delivered it on board in partnership with the Port of Tyne.
Captain Johannes Tysse 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."
Fiona Mills, Brand Communications Manager for Greggs, added: "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."
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