A Wellington charity saved the day for a cruise ship running short of supplies.

St Vincent de Paul supplied The Radiance of the Seas with five thousand altar breads after it had run out a day before arriving in New Zealand.

Marketing Manager Sarah Ford said the cruise director's call was a big deal, as they usually only sell around 100 at a time.

She said one of the things that attracted the cruise ship's business was that their breads are made by Wellingtonians with intellectual disabilities.