While cruising around the world aboard the Holland America MS Amsterdam, over 80 passengers have come together to do something extraordinary. They’re taking part in a program called Project Linus which is allowing them to come together, meet new people and make new friends, all while creating hundreds of blankets which will be distributed to children in need.
What Is Project Linus?
If you’re unfamiliar with Project Linus, don’t beat yourself up too much… I’ll admit that until very recently, I was equally uninformed. As it turns out, the non-profit organization has been around since 1995 and has, in that time, donated literally millions of blankets as part of their mission to “provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise in need.” And if when you think of “blankets” and the Peanuts character Linus, you’ve just figured out exactly where the organization got its name.
I first heard of Project Linus when we received an E-mail from Marty Gottlieb of Jacksonville, Florida, who said that he and his wife were heading up a group of about 80 guests on the Holland America World Cruise who were knitting and crocheting blankets for the cause. “We started cruising in 1998,” Marty later told me, explaining that after having sailed on both Carnival and Princess, they eventually began doing longer trips on Holland America after retiring.
“We prefer Holland America because of their wonderful crew,” he explained, “and we consider their 15 ships our second home. Many people have beach, lake or mountain homes, we have floating ships. We cruise over 220 days a year, bringing many comforts of home with us.” Between journeys, they spend about two months visiting their grandkids, swinging by to see the doctor and then restocking for their next trip!
How It All Comes Together
Photos courtesy of Marty Gottlieb
- Royal Caribbean Sails First Cruise Since Industry Shutdown
- Celebrity Edge Returns to Port Everglades [PHOTOS]
- Carnival Gives Canceled Guests Some Good News
- 21 Cruise Tips from First-Timers
- Second and Third Disney Ships Are Bound for North America
- Royal Caribbean’s Next Ship Floated Out of Dry Dock [PHOTOS]
- MSC Cruises Earns Environmental Award
- 9 Things Cruisers Have in Common With Walt Disney World Fans
- Carnival Cruise Line Gives Away Drink Package — Do You Qualify?
- Cruise Radio News Briefs | Week of November 22, 2020
CRUISE NEWS5 days ago
Disney’s First Cruise Ship Returns to Port Canaveral
CRUISE NEWS3 days ago
Cruise Radio News Briefs | Week of November 22, 2020
CRUISE NEWS2 days ago
Carnival Cruise Line Gives Away Drink Package — Do You Qualify?
CRUISE NEWS2 days ago
Royal Caribbean’s Next Ship Floated Out of Dry Dock [PHOTOS]