Gingerbread Pirate Ship sails to Amelia Island

Monday, November 07, 2011

Ahoy there maties! Your patchless eye does not deceive nor your trusty spyglass (what today we may call a one-eyed telescope). The SS Amelia Gingerbread Pirate ship is scheduled to dock in the lobby of the Ritz Carlton on Amelia Island on Wednesday, November 23.

This gingerbread vessel is a tribute to the legends and lore of historic Amelia Island, ruled briefly by the privateer Luis Arly in the early 19th century. The towering gingerbread structure features a mast with sails and a crow's nest rising from the hotel lobby. Edible details include a gingerbread cannon armed with chocolate cannonballs, gingerbreak pirate captain, and a treasure chest overflowing with candied bounty. The ship is made from 1,200 pounds of sugar and 3,000 eggs. Twelve pastry chefs logged more than 350 hours in the creation of this masterpiece. The docking of this ship will be televised live with a children's chorus.

Amelia Island’s official start of the holiday season begins when the resort’s forty-foot tree is illuminated. Over 200,000 lights glitter throughout the grounds. This festive evening includes a fundraiser for YMCA, entertainment, holiday cookies and hot apple cider, Santa’s arrival and a spectacular fireworks display.

Festivities begin at 5:30pm in the courtyard and is complimentary and open to the public.

If you can't wait for that Christmas feast, enjoy a holiday dinner prepared by the finest chefs.
Immediately following the Tree Lighting Ceremony, Santa, Mrs. Claus, elves and reindeer will be present to share a dinner in a festive, magical atmosphere. Admission includes a photo souvenir with Santa. Buffet style dinner with all of the children’s favorites, local seafood, braised beef short ribs, a delectable dessert and candy station.

$49 per adult, $25 per child, ages 5 – 12, price is inclusive of gratuity. 6:30pm

Reservations are required for holiday events and are available at (904) 277-1100.  For room and package reservations, please call (800) 241-3333, visit
Valet parking is complimentary for day events.

History and traditions abound at Amelia Island.  A wonderful place to begin the magical holiday season.

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