Food Network Star Karen Portaleo Makes 1,500-Pound Gingerbread Replica of Mardi Gras Cruise Ship
By Space Coast Daily // November 27, 2019
Comprised of 130 pounds of flour, 10 pounds of cinnamon, and 50 gallons of icing
Mardi Gras is scheduled to arrive at its new home at Port Canaveral’s Terminal 3 in October 2020
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – Atlanta culinary artist and Food Network star Karen Portaleo christens her 23-foot-long, 1,500-pound gingerbread replica of Carnival Cruise Line’s newest cruise ship, the Mardi Gras, during a recent naming ceremony at Atlanta’s Lenox Square Mall.
Comprised of 130 pounds of flour, 10 pounds of cinnamon, and 50 gallons of icing, the massive confection is Portaleo’s representation of the innovative, LNG-powered vessel which arrives at port Canaveral on Oct. 15, 2020.
Complete with open decks, running lights, a water park and even a working replica of BOLT, the first roller coaster at sea, the gingerbread replica will be on display at the mall through Dec. 24.
Carnival also made a $10,000 donation to the Immune Deficiency Foundation, the charity of choice of Portaleo, who spent 250 hours creating the gingerbread vessel and served as godmother during the ceremony.
Carnival Cruise Line’s newest and most innovative cruise ship, the Mardi Gras, is scheduled to arrive at its new home at Port Canaveral in October 2020.
Port Canaveral is busy preparing the new Cruise Terminal 3 for her arrival.