In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week and the countless devoted educators across North America, Norwegian Cruise Line, the innovator in global cruise travel, today announced the relaunch of its award-winning Norwegian’s 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 designed to highlight the connection between travel and education and to recognise teachers for their unwavering dedication to inspiring students every day, 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 an exclusive sailing aboard the Cruise Line’s newest groundbreaking ship, Norwegian Prima, during the inaugural five-day sailing from Galveston, Texas from October 27 - 31, 2022.
“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.”
The month-long campaign runs from May 2 through June 3, 2022. Norwegian Cruise Line is encouraging nominations of certified or accredited teachers in the U.S. and Canada who strive to bring joy into their classrooms and inspire their students day-in and day-out. The top 100 educators with the most votes will be one of the first to sail aboard Norwegian Prima from Texas in October. In addition, 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 respectively for their school.
“We’re so proud to celebrate educators, the unsung heroes of our communities, with our Norwegian’s Giving Joy program. 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.” said Harry Sommer, President and Chief Executive Officer, Norwegian Cruise Line
Ashley Steadman, educator at Maynard Evans High School in Orlando, Fla. 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 organise student engagements throughout the year, creating a stronger sense of community and pride for our students and staff.”
Sommer continued, “Educators, like travel, leave a lasting impression on us. They help shape who we are and expand our horizons. Norwegian’s Giving Joy campaign brings to light the importance of travel as a powerful means of education. Travel broadens our perspective and encourages us to discover, adapt and accept new cultures and experiences. We cannot wait to celebrate the next class of deserving Giving Joy winners aboard the highly anticipated Norwegian Prima this fall.”