Today we visited the Ritz-Carlton in Amelia Island. We wanted to see the huge gingerbread pirate ship they have in their lobby. If you are in the area, don't miss this one. I am adding a paste with all the information. We hope you all have a very Merry Christmas.
Gingerbread pirates aboard the SS Ginger Amelia, a giant gingerbread pirate ship, have docked for the season at The Ritz-Carlton at Amelia Island. The gingerbread vessel is a tribute to the legends and lore of historic Amelia Island, which was ruled briefly by the privateer Luis Aury in the early 19th century. The 17-foot wide, 12-foot high design was inspired by Aury's vessel, the Mexican Congress.
The towering gingerbread structure features a mast with sails and a crow's nest rising from the hotel lobby, and edible details include a gingerbread cannon armed with chocolate cannonballs, a gingerbread pirate captain and a treasure chest overflowing with candied bounty.
According to a news release from the resort, a team of pastry chefs and carpenters logged more than 300 hours on the creation of the ship. The gingerbread foundation is made from 1,200 pounds of flour, 900 pounds of sugar, 3,000 eggs, 435 egg whites, 300 pounds of shortening, 15 gallons of milk and 14 pounds of holiday spices.
The SS Ginger Amelia is the latest incarnation in the annual display of gingerbread structures showcased by The Ritz-Carlton. Past designs have included a traditional gingerbread house and a gingerbread lighthouse, in honor of an island landmark.
The ship remains on display through Monday, Dec. 28, with complimentary tours held throughout the month.