Norwegian Cruise Lines has announced its “Norwegian’s Giving Joy” contest that allows educators to win a free cruise and thousands of dollars for their schools. 

The cruise line is launching this contest to celebrate the teachers who’ve worked diligently throughout the pandemic, whether it be virtually or in person. Students, friends and family can nominate their favorite teacher in the U.S. and Canada to give them a trip of a lifetime to say “thank you.”

"Now more than ever, educators deserve our gratitude and so much more for their perseverance and unwavering commitment to inspire students every day," said Harry Sommer, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line.  "Travel is one of the most immersive means of education. It broadens our perspective, encourages us to discover, adapt and accept new cultures and experiences. With 'Norwegian's Giving Joy,' we are able to help shed light on these everyday heroes and raise their spirits by awarding them with a long-overdue vacation to help show them the world, as they've helped shape so many of ours."

The company will award 100 educators will the most votes to a seven-night cruise for two in the summer of 2023. The educator with the most votes overall will receive a $25,000 donation for their school and the second and third prize winners will receive a $15,000 and $10,000 donation. 

To nominate a teacher, nominators will fill out a form on the official website that asks for their information and a reason for nominating.

Norwegian Cruise Line ship Dawn The Norwegian Cruise Line ship 'Norwegian Dawn' departs the Royal Naval Dockyard near the port of Hamilton, Bermuda, in this file photo taken on July 16, 2013. Photo: Reuters/Gary Cameron