Nominate a Teacher for Norwegian’s Free Cruise

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In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week this week, Norwegian Cruise Line is launching its fourth annual ‘Giving Joy’ program, which provides teachers with free cruises and the chance to set sail on the company’s new upcoming ship Norwegian Viva.

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Norwegian Viva (Rendering courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line)

To date, Norwegian’s Giving Joy has awarded over 230 educators with a free cruise vacation, and donated over $350,000 to local schools and teachers with the support of its brand partners. This year, the cruise line will award the top 20 teachers across the U.S. and Canada with the most votes a seven-day cruise for two. In addition, the top three grand prize winners will be invited to attend the christening voyage of Norwegian Viva later this year.

“We believe educators are a powerful source of inspiration, just like travel, where both aim to broaden perspectives, connect people around the world and bring awareness to different cultures and experiences,” said David Herrera, president of Norwegian Cruise Line. “My wife is a second grade teacher, and I see first-hand the passion that goes behind connecting with and motivating students each and every day. It is an honor to award these hard-working educators and commend them for their dedication to their students.”

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Harry Sommer and the Giving Joy winners on stage during the Norwegian Prima’s Galveston Inaugural Sailing on October 27, 2022 in Galveston, Texas. (Photo by Marcus Ingram/Getty Images for Norwegian Cruise Line)

Shannon Cooke, a 2022 winner, said “This was such a great experience. It was amazing to meet teachers from all over North America who shared very similar goals and visions of teaching. When I returned from my NCL cruise, I was able to incorporate my trip to the ancient ruins in Mexico into our sixth grade Civilizations unit.”

Now through June 9th, the public can nominate certified or accredited teachers in the U.S. and Canada who have made an impact in their life and inspire students by visiting

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