Giving Joy Campaign Winners Announced

Giving Joy - Norwegian Viva ship rendering


The Company Awards 20 Outstanding Teachers Across the U.S. with a Free Seven-Day Cruise 

Top Three Grand Prize Winners to Also Attend Exclusive Norwegian Viva Christening Sailing from Miami 

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), the innovator in global cruise travel, today announced the 20 winners of its fourth annual Norwegian’s Giving Joy® contest, the Brand’s annual recognition program that has been celebrating teachers across North America since 2019 for their hard work and relentless dedication.

Each of the 20 winning educators won a free seven-day voyage for two for itineraries sailing through 2024 and embarking from the U.S. and Canada. In addition, the top three grand prize winners are invited to attend the exclusive four-day christening voyage for Norwegian Viva, the second ship in the Brand’s all-new Prima Class, debuting August 2023.

During the christening event in Miami on Nov. 28, 2023 they will also have the opportunity to enjoy exclusive performances by  five-time Latin GRAMMY® winning artist and Godfather of Norwegian Viva, Luis Fonsi,  along with other leading Latin entertainers, including The Queen of Latin Pop, Paulina Rubio; “Saturday Night Live” cast member and Miami-native, Marcello Hernandez; and singer, Pedro Capó to celebrate the ship’s milestone.

“On behalf of all of us at Norwegian Cruise Line, we congratulate this year’s winners and nominees who have gone above and beyond to demonstrate an unwavering commitment to their calling as educators, and in doing so have left a lasting positive impact on  their students, schools and broader communities,” said David J. Herrera, President of Norwegian Cruise Line. “We look forward to welcoming this year’s winners aboard for a well-deserved cruise vacation.”

Inspired by Norwegian’s Giving Joy program and moved by the stories of the incredible teachers, this year, NCL’s beverage partner, Coca-Cola®, has donated roundtrip airfare from within the continental United States for each winner and their guest as they plan their vacation with NCL.  Additionally, all 20 winning educators will be awarded with a complimentary virtual training session by the Guy Harvey Foundation (GHF) to explore their K-12 education resources using Dr. Harvey’s captivating marine art as an anchor. This exploration will incorporate a unique blend of science and art, allowing educators to dive into the wonders of the ocean, and help foster the next era of marine conservationists.

Norwegian’s 2023 Giving Joy contest drew support for over 3,400 teachers across the U.S. and Canada and garnered over hundreds of thousands of votes with winners from California, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington. The grand prize winners are:

  • Ryan Price from Buckingham Collegiate Charter Academy in Vacaville, Calif.
  • Carolyn Reardon from James Otis Elementary School in Chicago, Ill.
  • Angelo Mirante from Lakewood High School in Arlington, Wash.

Norwegian Cruise Line’s Giving Joy program highlights the synergies between travel and education, celebrating and commemorating the commitment that teachers demonstrate in enlightening young minds. Since 2019, Norwegian’s Giving Joy contest has awarded over 250 educators with a free cruise vacation and donated over $350,000 to local schools and teachers with the support of its brand partners.

To learn more about the 20 winners and their heart-warming stories, click here

Grand prize winners of Norwegian’s Giving Joy program will have the opportunity to experience Norwegian Viva, the second of six vessels in the company’s groundbreaking Prima Class and sister ship to the award-winning Norwegian Prima. The elevated offerings of the Prima Class prioritize the guest experience and raise the bar on cruising through world-class cuisine, the brand’s most spacious design yet, and stellar onboard activities including the Viva Speedway—the three-level racetrack.

Norwegian Viva features many of the outstanding onboard experiences that makes the Prima Class in a league of its own including Indulge Food Hall, the upscale food market exhibiting 11 unique eateries; the fastest slides at sea, The Drop and Rush; and NCL’s industry-exclusive sustainable cocktail bar, the Metropolitan Bar. Norwegian Viva will sail a selection of bucket-list-worthy Greek Isles and Mediterranean voyages through November, before homeporting in San Juan, Puerto Rico in December 2023 for a season of Caribbean itineraries.

For more information about Norwegian Cruise Line or to book a cruise, please visit or call 888-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784) or contact a travel professional. For Norwegian Viva’s press kit and assets, click here.  

See more from Norwegian Cruise Line here.

Looking for the latest cruise news?

We constantly scour the press release sites of all major cruise brands, including AIDA, Carnival Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Costa, Cunard, Disney Cruises, Holland America Cruises, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania, P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Seabourn, Silversea, UnCruise Adventures, Virgin Voyages, Windstar, and more.

We make it easy for you to find out what your favorite cruise line is up to. Just click the Cruise News link at the top of the page for the latest news on all lines, or use the links above to find news about the cruise line of your choice.

Previous articleCarnival Jubilee Float Out Reveals Bow Surprise
Next articleNew Culinary Experiences Coming To Ascent
Sheri and her family are cruise content creators focused on providing practical tips and advice to new and seasoned cruisers. CruiseTipsTV’s audience enjoys following Sheri and her family as they travel the world by ship creating travel films. Sheri has visited destinations like Japan, Mexico, Alaska, Europe and the Caribbean, and has experienced 33 cruises on 6 cruise lines. She was named one of Porthole Cruise Magazine’s 10 Travel Influencers Changing How We Vacation in 2018 and 2019. Sheri has been quoted in the New York Times, CNBC, Forbes, Prevention, and Business Innovator Radio. Her YouTube Channel, CruiseTipsTV has over 87,000 subscribers and 17 million views.