Cake Boss star Buddy Valastro is taking his baking ways to the high seas.
Norwegian Cruise Line today announced that Valastro, 35, will open an extension of his family business, Carlo's Bake Shop, on the soon-to-debut, 4,000-passenger Norwegian Breakaway.
Norwegian says the on-board bakery will offer confections for sale, and passengers will be able to pre-order custom specialty cakes for celebrations such as birthdays and anniversaries. The shop also will offer cupcake decorating classes.
"Buddy is known as the ultimate baker, so we knew he was the best choice for our new bakery on Norwegian Breakaway," Norwegian CEO Kevin Sheehan says in a statement accompanying the announcement.
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The Carlo's Bake Shop on the Norwegian Breakaway will be located on Deck 8 of the ship. Menu items will include freshly baked cookies, cakes and pies, including Valastro's trademark Oreo, Dark Chocolate Mousse and Purple Groovy Fondant cakes; Italian butter cookies; biscotti; and an assortment of cupcakes.
In addition to TLC's Cake Boss, Valastro appears in the cable network's Cake Boss: Next Great Baker and Kitchen Boss.
The Norwegian Breakaway is scheduled to debut in May 2013 and will be based in New York City. Named by a USA TODAY reader last year in a contest held here at usatoday.com, the ship will boast a number of new-for-the-line features including a restaurant-lined boardwalk.
By Gene Sloan, USA Today