Written by Kristen Schmutz
Belden Communications News
Norwegian Cruise Lines has 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, in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week (May 2-6).
Norwegian’s Giving Joy program is a month-long campaign, running from May 2 through June 3, that encourages the nominations of certified or accredited teachers who strive to bring joy into their classrooms and inspire their students daily.
The top one hundred teachers voted for under the recognition program’s online voting platform will win an exclusive sailing aboard the Norwegian’s newest groundbreaking ship, Norwegian Prima, during the inaugural five-day sailing out of Galveston, Texas, from October 27 – 31, 2022. Additionally, the top three grand prize winners will receive an additional seven-day voyage for two from the U.S. or Canada and a $25,000, $15,000, and $10,000 school donation, respectively.
"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 Lines. "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, inspiring, and more than anything, they are dream makers."
According to a release, the annual program highlights the connection between travel and education while recognizing a teacher's dedication to their students. The 'Giving Joy' program has awarded 130 teachers across the U.S. and Canada with free cruises and over $185,000 to schools since 2019.
"Educators, like travel, leave an impression on us. They help shape who we are and expand our horizons. Norwegian’s Giving Joy campaign highlights 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," said Sommer.
You can nominate a beloved teacher, vote, and find the contest terms and conditions by visiting www.nclgivingjoy.com.