Norwegian Cruise Line Unveils Norwegian Epics New Europe Itineraries
MIAMI - March 4, 2014 - Norwegian Cruise Line announced today that Master Baker Buddy Valastro, star of the popular TLC television series ”Cake Boss“ and ”Next Great Baker,“ who recently opened two Carlo’s Bake Shop locations on board Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway, will now feature his incredible dessert creations on all Norwegian ships, fleet-wide.
”The Carlo’s Bake Shop cakes and pastries on Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway have been a huge hit with our guests,“ said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s chief executive officer. ”We are thrilled to make Cruising like a Norwegian even sweeter now by offering Buddy’s incredible dessert creations to guests sailing on all of the ships in our fleet.“
”Our “family’ is growing and we couldn’t be happier,“ said Buddy Valastro. ”Partnering with Norwegian to launch Carlo’s on board Norwegian Breakaway and Getaway was an incredible experience and now we are so excited that cruisers on any of Norwegian’s amazing ships will be able to enjoy our desserts during their vacations.“
In the coming weeks, guests sailing on any Norwegian Cruise Line ship will have the opportunity to enjoy the delicious treats and confections that the original Carlo’s bakery is known for, including: Carlo’s Bake Shop’s famous cannoli’s, lobster tails, tiramisu, plus a variety of other unique cakes, cupcakes and Italian cookies.
Norwegian Epic will be the first ship to offer Carlo’s Bakery items on board starting March 9, followed by Norwegian Dawn on March 16, Norwegian Jewel on March 23, Norwegian Star on March 30 and Norwegian Gem on April 8, 2014. The remaining ships will offer Carlo’s items in the coming months.
Carlo’s Bake Shop dessert items will be featured in each ship’s Java and Atrium Cafes and available for purchase a la carte.
Buddy Valastro is an accomplished fourth generation baker born into the business owned and operated by his parents. Buddy grew up in Hoboken, New Jersey in an old-fashioned Italian family and showed a flair for cake decorating at an early age.
At the age of 17, Buddy’s father died. Suddenly, the only son had to take on the responsibilities of the patriarch. He thrived under pressure. With the help of his family, Buddy has taken Carlo’s Bakery to new heights, including expanding the bakery outside of Hoboken for the first time. In 2013, Buddy and the famiglia opened three new bakeries, Carlo’s Bakery Ridgewood, Carlo’s Bakery Westfield, and Carlo’s Bakery Red Bank, all located in New Jersey. Always thinking bigger and better, Buddy has plans for further expansion to new locations. Growing up in a family of incredible cooks, Buddy brought his family’s classic Italian recipes to the table, opening his first restaurant, Buddy V’s, in the Venetian Las Vegas.
Back in Hoboken, Buddy balances working at the bakery, spending time with his family and filming the next seasons of Cake Boss, which just wrapped its sixth season and Next Great Baker, currently filming its fourth season.
Buddy is married to his wife Lisa, and they have four children; Sofia, Buddy Jr. Marco and Carlo. When he’s not at the bakery, Buddy loves nothing more than spending time with his family. He also enjoys bowling and fishing.
About Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Cruise Line is the innovator in cruise travel with a 47-year history of breaking the boundaries of traditional cruising, most notably with the introduction of Freestyle Cruising which revolutionized the industry by giving guests more freedom and flexibility. Today, Norwegian invites guests to ”Cruise Like a Norwegian“ on one of 13 purpose-built Freestyle Cruising ships, providing guests the opportunity to enjoy a relaxed, resort style cruise vacation on some of the newest and most contemporary ships at sea. Recently, the line was named ”Europe’s Leading Cruise Line“ for the sixth consecutive year, as well as ”Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Line“ and ”World’s Leading Large Ship Cruise Line“ by the World Travel Awards.
The Company recently took delivery of its most innovative ship to date, the 4,000-passenger Norwegian Getaway on January 10, 2014. The largest ship to homeport year-round in Miami, Norwegian Getaway boasts 27 dining venues, including seafood restaurant Ocean Blue by famed New York Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian and a branch of Carlo’s Bake Shop by Buddy Valastro, star of the TLC series ”Cake Boss.“ The entertainment lineup includes Broadway shows Legally Blonde and Burn the Floor and the unique dining and magic venue, the Illusionarium. Norwegian Getaway’s sister ship, Norwegian Breakaway, was named ”Best New Ship of 2013“ by the editors of Cruise Critic and ”Best Rookie Cruise Ship“ by the readers of Travel Weekly. Known as New York’s ship, Norwegian Breakaway is the largest vessel to homeport year-round in the city.
The Company has two 4,200-passenger vessels on order at Meyer Werft: Norwegian Escape with delivery scheduled in the fall of 2015; and Norwegian Bliss with delivery in the spring of 2017.
Norwegian Cruise Line is the official cruise line of the Miami Dolphins/Sun Life Stadium, The New York Knicks, Blue Man Group and Legends in Concert; and the official cruise line partner of The GRAMMY Awards and is an official partner of the Rockettes and Radio City Music Hall.