Carnival Cruise Line have linked up with culinary artist and baker Karen Portaleo to produce a gingerbread cruise ship.
The ship weighs a total of 1,500 pounds and is currently situated at Atlanta’s Lenox Square Mall. In true maritime tradition, Portaleo smashed a ceremonial bottle across the vessel’s bow.
“A 1,500-pound gingerbread cruise is certainly a first for me.”Karen Portaleo
Carnival have also made a $10,000 donation to the Immune Deficiency Foundation. Portaleo chose the charity due to her desire to help improve the diagnosis, treatment and quality of life of those with immunodeficiencies.
What Portaleo said:
“I’ve created hundreds of cakes during my career but a 1,500-pound gingerbread cruise ship is certainly a first for me,” said Portaleo. “As a baker, I’m always looking for a challenge and creating a gingerbread replica of Mardi Gras was an amazing experience as it serves as a fun conversation piece for thousands of holiday shoppers. I can’t wait to see the real Mardi Gras when it debuts next year.”
“Carnival is all about bringing fun and memorable vacations to more than five million guests who sail with us every year,” said Hugo Castillo, Carnival’s creative director. “And what better way to ring in the season and bring fun to holiday shoppers than with the world’s largest gingerbread ship! If they like this version of Mardi Gras, they’ll be blown away when the real deal arrives next year.”
The wonderful gingerbread cake contains 130 pounds of flour, 10 pounds of cinnamon and 50 gallons of icing. It is an incredible representation of the phenomenal Mardi Gras cruise ship. Remarkably it features a working replica of BOLT, the first roller coaster at sea.
The gingerbread cruise ship will be on display at the Lenox Square Mall. Shoppers will also be able to interact through an interactive Snapchat geofilter. In addition, there will also be a GIF booth for guests to capture keepsakes.