Norwegian Relaunches Free Cruise Contest For Teachers

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In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week this week, Norwegian Cruise Line has announced the relaunch of its Giving Joy recognition program, which provides educators with free cruises and a chance to win up to $25,000 for their schools.

The annual program recognizes teachers for their dedication to inspiring students each day, and has awarded 130 teachers across the U.S. and Canada with free cruises and over $185,000 to schools since 2019.

This year, 100 teachers will win a cruise aboard the line’s newest upcoming ship, Norwegian Prima, during the vessel’s inaugural five-day sailing from Galveston, Texas from October 27 to 31, 2022.

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“We’re so proud to celebrate educators, the unsung heroes of our communities, with our Norwegian’s Giving Joy program,” said Harry Sommer, president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line.

“After receiving more than 46,000 nominations and over one million votes within the first year of this contest, we knew this was a worthy cause that is near and dear to people’s hearts. Teachers are tenacious, they are inspiring, and more than anything, they are dream makers.”

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The month-long campaign runs from May 2 to June 3, 2022.

Certified or accredited teachers in the U.S. and Canada who strive to bring joy into their classrooms and inspire their students can be nominated. The top 100 educators with the most votes will be among the first to sail on Norwegian Prima from Texas in October.

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Norwegian Prima (Rendering courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line)

The top three grand prize winners will receive an additional seven-day voyage for two from the U.S. or Canada, as well as a $25,000, $15,000, and $10,000 donation for their school, respectively.

Ashley Steadman, educator at Maynard Evans High School in Orlando and second place winner of the 2021 Norwegian’s Giving Joy campaign said “Norwegian Cruise Line made me feel appreciated throughout the entire Giving Joy experience. With the prize money, our Student Government Association has been able to organize student engagements throughout the year, creating a stronger sense of community and pride for our students and staff.”

To nominated a teacher, vote, and see the contest terms and conditions, visit

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