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Norwegian Cruise Line Announces Encore Moments Campaign Winners

Over 50 Everyday Heroes Rewarded with a Cruise for Two

Miami, FL, US - Nov 25, 2019

Norwegian Cruise Line, the innovator in global cruise travel with a nearly 53-year history of breaking boundaries, today announced the winners of its Encore Moments campaign, created to recognize and reward everyday heroes across the U.S. and Canada for the positive impact they have on their friends, families and communities.

Fifty-one nominees were chosen for their outstanding, and often selfless, efforts. The below winners will enjoy a three-to-five-day cruise for two as well as a weekend in New York City, where they will be celebrated at an award ceremony aboard Norwegian Bliss, one of the most innovative ships in the Company’s 17-ship fleet.

“We are excited to honor these inspiring individuals from around the U.S. and Canada,” said Andy Stuart, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line. “Their kindness, dedication and passion to help others is truly moving.  From first responders, to those helping family members in need, to those who go out of their way to lift others up, we are happy to acknowledge these heroes through our Encore Moments campaign.”

The Encore Moments Campaign is just one in a series of efforts that showcases the Company’s commitment to awarding individuals who are dedicated to spreading acts of kindness. In May, Norwegian Cruise Line honored 30 teachers as part of its Giving Joy campaign, and in September, the Company rewarded 20 music educators on “The Kelly Clarkson Show.”


Encore Moments Winners


United States of America

Alabama: James Patrick Aitkin

Arizona: Lance McKinnie

Arkansas: Patricia Pratt

California: Holly Teixeira

Colorado: Natalie Barnard

Connecticut: Katy Bell

Delaware: Amanda Valentin

Florida: Carlos Martinez

Hawaii: Danielle Egeberg

Idaho: Fred McDonald

Illinois: Claire Crone

Indiana: David Sklar

Iowa: Kortney Gaura

Kansas: Michael Brandhorst

Kentucky: Alisa Blanton

Maryland: Joseph Kerr

Massachusetts: Jessica Fellows

Michigan: Christopher Swanson

Minnesota: Leah Egan

Mississippi: Jeremy McCarty

Missouri: Elizabeth Leiva

Montana: Amber Duncan

Nebraska: Chastity VonWonder

Nevada: Kristyne Kaahea

New Hampshire: Maureen Cronin

New Jersey: Jeffrey Leider

New Mexico: Mary Tovey

New York: Donald Deitz

North Carolina: Amber Smith

North Dakota: Kenneth Hinton

Ohio: Tyler Mangas

Pennsylvania: Nancy James

Puerto Rico: Eddie Irizarry Olivo

Rhode Island: Stephanie Potts

South Carolina: Edward Rothrock

South Dakota: Aimee Chase

Texas: Rachelle Boyd-Huff

Utah: Rachel Robison

Vermont: Shawn Blake

Virginia: Daniel Boothe

Wisconsin: David Gehringer

Wyoming: Shelly Allen



Alberta: James Lee

British Columbia: Jennifer Monaghan

Manitoba: Marshall Mann

New Brunswick: Katherine Cougle

Newfoundland and Labrador:     Joan Aucoin

Nova Scotia: Clayton Drysdale

Ontario: Stephen Piccott

Prince Edward Island: Kimberly Mullett

Saskatchewan: Brandon Mudry

Norwegian Encore debuted last month and began offering seven-day voyages to the Eastern Caribbean from Miami on Nov. 24, 2019; Bermuda, and Canada and New England itineraries from New York City beginning Apr. 22, 2020; and voyages to the Western Caribbean from Miami beginning Dec. 12, 2020.  In the spring of 2021, she will make her West Coast debut and sail to Alaska from Seattle.


For more information about Norwegian Cruise Line ships and their itineraries, or to book a cruise, please contact a travel professional, call 888-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784) or visit


For Norwegian Encore’s press kit and assets, click here. 



About Norwegian Encore

At nearly 1,100 feet long, with a gross tonnage of almost 170,000, Norwegian Encore has a guest capacity of nearly 4,000.  She is the fourth and final ship of the very successful Breakaway Plus class, and features many of the highly rated restaurants and lounges that have made this class one of the most innovative in the Company’s history.  In addition, Norwegian Encore features a new elevated Italian dining experience, Onda by Scarpetta, in collaboration with LDV Hospitality. The Tony Award®-winning musical, “Kinky Boots” headlines the world-class entertainment on board, with returning guest favorites “The Choir of Man,” “Happy Hour Prohibition: The Musical” and the rocking Beatles cover band of The Cavern Club. 

As part of a recent partnership with JUST Goods, Inc., Norwegian Encore is the first ship in the Company to be plastic bottle free.  By Jan. 1, 2020 Norwegian Cruise Line will be the first major cruise line to eliminate plastic bottles across its entire fleet, a significant effort towards providing guests with more sustainable options at sea.

Norwegian Encore will offer seven-day voyages to the Eastern Caribbean from Miami beginning Nov. 24, 2019; Bermuda, and Canada and New England itineraries from New York City beginning Apr. 22, 2020; and voyages to the Western Caribbean from Miami beginning Dec. 12, 2020.  In the spring of 2021, she will make her West Coast debut and sail to Alaska from Seattle. 


About Norwegian Cruise Line

As the innovator in global cruise travel, Norwegian Cruise Line has been breaking the boundaries of traditional cruising for nearly 53 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 17 contemporary ships sail to nearly 300 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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