A luxury cruise ship hosting a 10-day culinary and cultural tour of Northern Europe has stopped off to pick up a Greggs order.

Cruise ship Azamara Journey has today (19 August) docked at the Port of Tyne, near Newcastle upon Tyne, and taken on Greggs Sausage Rolls, Vegan Sausage Rolls and Stottie Cake, a traditional north-eastern bread.

The food – a far cry from the fine wine, oysters, caviar and kobe beef typically served to the ship’s 700 guests – was prepared by Greggs’ shop on Newcastle’s Grainger Street and delivered directly to the ship.

“On our cruise of Northern Europe passengers will enjoy amazing dining experiences, including visits to Bruges and Amsterdam,” said Captain Johannes Tysse of Azamara.

“Our UK crew told us 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.”

Greggs said this was the first time the business had received 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,” added Greggs brand communication manager Fiona Mills.

A stottie cake, or stotty, is a flat and round loaf, usually about 30 centimetres in diameter and four centimetres deep, with an indent in the middle.