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Norwegian Cruise Line Announces Winners Of Giving Joy Campaign

Cruise Line Rewards 30 Teachers with a Cruise for Two
Winning Teachers Now Eligible to Win One of Three Grand Prizes for Their Schools

Miami, FL, US - Apr 24, 2019

Norwegian Cruise Line, the innovator in global cruise travel, today announced the 30 winners of its Giving Joy campaign, an effort designed to recognize and reward deserving teachers.

The 30 educators, who won seven-day cruises for two anywhere Norwegian Cruise Line sails, are now eligible to win one of three grand prizes of $25,000, $15,000 and $10,000 for their schools. The Grand Prize winners will be revealed at a private celebration in Seattle on May 3, 2019. Those winners will be chosen by a panel of Norwegian Cruise Line executives based on 1) the relevancy of their submission to the contest theme - giving joy; 2) the nominees' lasting impact on their students; and 3) content and originality.

From March 12, 2019 to April 12, 2019 Norwegian Cruise Line encouraged the public to nominate and vote for educators from the U.S. and Canada who inspire joy in the classroom. The campaign generated over 46,000 nominations and 1.43 million votes. 

The 30 winners are from all over the U.S. and Canada, including Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Montana, New Mexico, New York, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. 

The 30 winners are:

• Alexandra Durr, George Washington Carver Elementary School – Coral Gables, Fla.

• Ashley Lantes, Windy Hill Middle School – Clermont, Fla.

• Bethany McAfee, Sheridan Technical High School – Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

• Christopher Wikfors – Randall Middle School – Lithia, Fla.

• Kendall Carrier – Manatee High School – Bradenton, Fla.

• Rachael Spires, Imagine Schools at Town Center – Palm Coast, Fla.

• Traviera Sewell – Long Cane Middle School – LaGrange, Ga.

• Wendolyn Camp, Dodge County High School – Eastman, Ga.

• Jason Seaman – Noblesville West Middle School – Noblesville, Ind.

• Jordan Ryan Price, Lincoln Performing Arts Elementary – Louisville, Ky.

• Ashley Chauvin, Young Audiences Charter School – Gretna, La.

• Kate Drury, Vestaburg Community School – Vestaburg, Mich.

• William Becker, Ronan Middle School – Ronan, Mont.

• Arnel Dela Cruz, Miyamura High School – Gallup, N.M

• Christopher Shepherd, Jackson Middle School – Albuquerque, N.M.

• Beth Devlin, Dutch Lane Elementary School – Hicksville, N.Y.

• Brian J. O’Neill, Patchogue-Medford High School – Medford, N.Y.

• Erin Degnan – Walter S. Boardman Elementary School – Oceanside, N.Y.

• Jonathan Chiaramonte – Sachem North High School – Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y.

• Nicole Conlisk – One World Middle School – Bronx, N.Y.

• Noelle Files – Corcoran High School – Syracuse, N.Y.

• Samantha Guglieri – Woodland Avenue Elementary School – Hicksville, N.Y.

• Nancy Kawaja, Catholic Education Centre – Ottawa, Ontario  

• Ashley Kuzma – McDowell Intermediate High School – Erie, Pa.

• Melissa Owens, Colonial Intermediate Unit 20 – Easton, Pa.

• Shaughn Thomas, Lake Olympia Middle School – Missouri City, Texas

• Rachelle Jodie Durrant, Uintah High School – Vernal, Utah

• Amber Pereira, Emerick Elementary School – Ashburn, Va.

• Monte Syrie, Cheney High School – Cheney, Wash.

• Lindsey Ward – Northland Pines-Eagle River Elementary – Eagle River, Wis.

"We are so pleased with the overwhelming response we received for this campaign and we are very happy to announce and celebrate these thirty deserving winners," said Andy Stuart, Norwegian Cruise Line president and ceo. "Thanks to all who participated and helped spread awareness of the power of education and travel. I can't wait to announce the Grand Prize winners!" 




About Norwegian Joy
As the 15th ship within the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet, Norwegian Joy will make her U.S. debut in late April following an over $50 million renovation, bringing her amenities and experiences nearly identical to her sister ship, Norwegian Bliss. She will feature an extended go-kart track, enhanced gaming and virtual reality complex - Galaxy Pavilion - and new dining and bar venues. On May 4, 2019, in advance of Teacher Appreciation Week, she will embark on her first sailing of the season, offering seven-day Alaska cruises from Seattle with calls to Ketchikan, Juneau, Icy Strait Point and Skagway, Alaska, and Victoria, B.C.  Beginning in the fall, Norwegian Joy will offer itineraries to the Mexican Riviera from Los Angeles and Panama Canal from Los Angeles and Miami. She will cruise to the Caribbean from Miami beginning in 2020.

About Norwegian Cruise Line
As the innovator in global cruise travel, Norwegian Cruise Line has been breaking the boundaries of traditional cruising for over 52 years. Most notably, the cruise line revolutionized the industry by offering guests the freedom and flexibility to design their ideal vacation on their preferred schedule with no assigned dining and entertainment times and no formal dress codes. Today, its fleet of 16 contemporary ships sail to nearly 300 of some of the world’s most desirable destinations, including Great Stirrup Cay, the company’s private island in the Bahamas and its resort destination Harvest Caye in Belize.  Norwegian Cruise Line not only provides superior guest service from land to sea, but also offers a wide variety of award-winning entertainment and dining options as well as a range of accommodations across the fleet, including solo-traveler staterooms, mini-suites, spa-suites and The Haven by Norwegian®, the company’s ship-within-a-ship concept. For additional information or to book a cruise, contact a travel professional, call 888-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784) or visit For the latest news and exclusive content, visit the media center and follow Norwegian Cruise line on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube @NorwegianCruiseLine; and Twitter and Snapchat @CruiseNorwegian.




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