“We cruise over 200 days a year,” Gail said. “We do the world cruise every January – May. In August, we fly to Europe and get on a Pinnacle Class ship for three months, bringing it back to Ft Lauderdale. The crew: they are like family, and we feel that this is our second home which happens to sail.”
Sailing is something Holland America Line has been doing for 150 years. Travel is our tradition, and the blanketeers not only share that tradition – they’re growing a new one and have been doing so for more than 15 years. When the Gottliebs got involved in 2018, nearly 40 guests helped create 150 blankets on the Grand World Voyage that year. They estimate that a few thousand blankets had been made in total at that point. Since they began leading the effort in 2019, the numbers have continued to grow from 300 blankets that year to more than 618 in 2023. This year’s donations were made possible by 160 volunteers. Every time a blanket is turned in, they ring a bell and walk around proudly sharing the heartfelt contribution. Once the ship returns to Ft. Lauderdale, the South Florida Chapter of Project Linus will gather the blankets and distribute them to more than 15 locations.