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Norwegian Cruise Line 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 will cruise to the Caribbean from Miami in November and then make her way to New York City in April, where she will sail to Bermuda in a variety of 5-7 day itineraries. Norwegian Encore features the largest racetrack at sea, extending 13 feet over the side of the ship and the Galaxy Pavilion, an immersive virtual reality gaming experience. Passengers will also be able to enjoy amazing entertainment on board with the Tony Award-winning musical Kinky Boots and Choir of Man.