Great news has been announced for cake lovers, and even TLC's "Cake Boss" lovers! Norwegian Cruise Line announced that Master Baker Buddy Valastro, star of the popular TLC television series "Cake Boss" and "Next Great Baker" will open his second Carlo's Bake Shop at sea on the new Norwegian Getaway, coming to Miami in February 2014. This is in addition to the pastry shop that he opened on Norwegian Breakaway, which began sailing from New York City in May 2013.
According to Norwegian Cruise Line, the new Carlo's Bake Shop will be "Featuring all of the delicious treats and confections that the original bakery is known for, Carlo’s Bake Shop on Norwegian Getaway will also give guests the opportunity to pre-order custom specialty cakes for celebrations such as birthdays and anniversaries. For a challenging and fun experience, Carlo’s will offer cupcake decorating classes, where guests can learn some of Valastro’s tricks of the trade.
"Carlo’s Bake Shop will be located on Deck 8 and his pastries will also be featured in the Atrium’s coffee shop. Signature menu items will include freshly baked cookies, cakes and pies, such as Buddy’s famous Oreo, Dark Chocolate Mousse and Purple Groovy Fondant cakes; Italian butter cookies; biscottis; and an assortment of cupcakes. Luscious chocolate and vanilla cannolis, cream-filled lobster tails, and individual treats such as strawberry cheesecake, chocolate truffle and tiramisu round out the menu. The delectable goodies will be available for purchase à la carte."
Cruisers from the Charlotte area can conveniently taste Mr. Valastro's creations by cruising either out of New York or Miami, and they are both within a two-hour flight from Charlotte's Douglas International Airport. Those wishing to make the drive to the port can expect a 12-hour or more drive to their choice of embarkation ports. If you need assistance booking one of these ships (or any ship), please contact Your Charlotte Cruise Ships Examiner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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