Norwegian Cruise Line Celebrates Teachers

Norwegian Cruise Line celebrates teachers with its Norwegian's Giving Joy contest, with prizes including free cruises on Norwegian Prima.

Norwegian Cruise Line Celebrates Teachers


  • Company to Award 100 Teachers with a Cruise Aboard Its Newest Groundbreaking Ship Norwegian Prima and Three Grand Prize Winners with $25,000, $15,000 and $10,000 for Their School
  • Norwegian’s Giving Joy™ Contest is Now Open and Accepting Nominations at from May 2 to June 3, 2022 

MIAMI (May 2, 2022) – In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week (May 2 – 6, 2022) and the countless devoted educators across North America, Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), 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 recognize 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. 

Norwegian Cruise Line Celebrates Teachers

“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.

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 organize 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.” 

To nominate a beloved teacher, to vote and for the contest terms and conditions, please visit  

SOURCE Norwegian Cruise Line


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Heidi is a physical therapist by profession, cruise enthusiast at heart, and Princess all the time! She is a self-confessed thrill seeker, obsessive planner, and over-packer. She is always looking for the latest and greatest adventures onboard and ashore, enjoys researching top things to do in ports of call, and loves dressing up for formal nights.
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