Sweet-as experience for cruise ship captain

A pot of locally-produced manuka honey was hurriedly transported to the Seven Seas Mariner cruise ship after her captain made an unusual request.
The sweet twist to the traditional gift exchange with a cruise ship making its maiden call happened on Sunday while Gisborne Deputy Mayor Rehette Stoltz was on board.

“Captain Ubaldo Armellino was a lovely man and seemed very pleased to be visiting Gisborne for the first time, but we weren’t prepared for his interest in some local manuka honey,” says Ms Stoltz.

When new vessels visit a port for the first time it is customary to exchange gifts and ship plaques. Gisborne’s gift to the ship was a framed ceremonial bone fish hook signifying strength and safety over water. The hook was carved at The Stone Studio and a plaque was received in return.

“During the exchange the captain told me his wife had requested he get …

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