Norwegian Cruise Line Launches New Year-Round Teacher Discount, Brings Back ‘Giving Joy’ Contest

Norwegian Cruise Line has announced a new year-round discount for teachers, and is bringing back its 'Giving Joy' campaign.

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Norwegian Cruise Line is celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week, which is May 6-10, with the launch of its all-new Teacher Cruise Discount. The discount offers educators and staff across the U.S. and Canada with a year-round cruise fare discount and onboard credit. The line is also celebrating the return of its Norwegian’s Giving Joy recognition program for the fifth year, awarding teachers with a free vacation.

Norwegian Cruise Teacher Cruise Discount

All education professionals including active classroom teachers, principals and assistant principals, school employees, and college/university professors can enjoy a five percent discount off any NCL voyage from anywhere in the world. They also receive a $50 onboard credit.

To participate in the new Teacher Cruise Discount, educators must be validated through, a secure digital identity network that allows members of the education community to verify their identity once and never have to verify it again across any organization where is accepted. Additional information can be found at

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Giving Joy Campaign

From May 6th to June 7th, Norwegian’s Giving Joy campaign is open and accepting nominations for teachers making a difference in their classrooms and communities. This year, the top 20 educators across the U.S. and Canada that receive the most votes will be invited to attend an exclusive two-night inaugural event in Boston from April 4-6, 2025 aboard the line’s newest Prima Plus Class ship, Norwegian Aqua, as she makes her U.S. debut.

The top five Grand Prize winners will also have the opportunity to attend Aqua‘s christening celebration followed by a three-night inaugural sailing from Miami from April 13-16, 2025.

Since 2019, NCL’s Giving Joy campaign has received nearly 60,000 teacher nominations; more than 1.8 million votes; awarded over 250 educators with a cruise vacation; and donated upwards of $445,000 to teachers and their schools with the support from NCL’s partners.

Now through June 7th, the public can nominate certified or accredited educators in the U.S. and Canada who have made an impact in their life and inspire students every day by visiting

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(Photo courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line)

Ryan Price, 2023 Giving Joy winner and educator at Buckingham Collegiate Charter Academy in Vacaville, CA said, “The best part of traveling is the opportunity to meet new people, which was one of the greatest rewards I received from Norwegian’s Giving Joy contest. The donation my school received from Norwegian and their generous partners has allowed us to take our students on field trips that would not have been possible otherwise, and I can’t wait to provide more learning experiences outside of the classroom for my students!”

“There’s only so much you can learn in a static, unchanging classroom; however, travel is constantly stimulating, engaging, and presenting the learner with something they’ve never experienced before. And now, with Norwegian’s Teacher Cruise Discount, NCL is making it easier for teachers to explore the world.”


If you are an educator, do you plan to take advantage of NCL’s new teacher discount? Drop us an anchor below and let us know!

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Sarah has been writing about the cruise industry since 2015, and in that time has taken a dozen cruises and counting. Her favorite onboard activities include trying the casual dining options, spending time in the spa’s thermal suite, and attending the love & marriage show. You can keep up with her on Instagram at @IAmSarahJaneB.
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