–NCL recognizes 100 educators in the US and Canada with a complimentary cruise aboard Norwegian Prima and donate almost $170,000 to schools and teachers across the country –

–GRAMMY Award-winning artist Kelly Clarkson performs onboard as part of Norwegian’s Giving Joy® awards ceremony-

GALVESTON, TX, October 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), the innovator in global cruise travel, celebrated the debut of its all-new Norwegian Prima and the brand’s first-ever voyage Galveston, Texaswith an exclusive concert by the GRAMMY Award-winning artist Kelly Clarkson.

The ship also served as a special venue for this year’s Norwegian Giving Joy awards ceremony, where Cruise Line and Clarkson recognized 100 teachers with a free cruise, almost $170,000 for the top three Grand Prize winners and their schools.

Norwegian’s Giving Joy program recognizes deserving educators for their unwavering commitment to bringing joy to the classroom. To celebrate these incredible personalities and their often underestimated profession, and to launch Norwegian Prima’s first voyage TexasNorwegian Cruise Line hosted a breathtaking awards ceremony. Guests of honor included the President and CEO of NCL Harry Summers; Norwegian Bliss Godfather Elvis Duran, American radio personality and host of “Elvis Duran and the Morning Show;” and superstar and godmother of the Norwegian Encore, Kelly Clarksonwho gave a stellar performance of hits like “Miss Independent,” “Stronger,” and “Since You’ve Been Gone.”

“It was my honor to celebrate the 100 deserving winners of Norwegian’s Giving Joy program at the opening ceremony of Norwegian Prima, which departed from my home state Texas!” said Clarkson. “Teachers are our true everyday unsung heroes, and they play an integral role in our society, shaping not only the future of their students but the future of their communities as well. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to be a part of this program and give a special performance before they set sail on the trip of a lifetime!”

At the conclusion of the Norwegian Giving Joy awards ceremony, Sommer introduced the top three Grand Prize winners who received the most votes and presented them with donations for their schools.

The grand prize winners are:

  • Patricia Hosmer from Bayonne High School in Bayonne, New Jersey ($25,000)
  • Theresa Schroeger from Falcon Cove Middle School, Fla. ($15,000)
  • Anton Stirpe from New Rochelle High School in New Rochelle, New York ($10,000)

In addition to the expected donations to their schools, each of the grand prize winners received a big surprise – almost $40,000 a cash prize each thanks to Norwegian Cruise Line’s partners, who were moved and inspired to participate by the ethos of Norwegian’s annual teacher recognition program, Giving Joy. To view the full list of participating sponsors, click here.

“The debut of the Norwegian Prima in Galveston was very special,” said Harry Summers, President and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line. “We really made it big … and where better to make it big than in Texas. We introduced our new awesome ship to a market new to NCL, we welcomed 100 incredibly deserving teachers to experience it and awarded the grand prize winners almost $40,000 in addition to a donation for their school, a surprise prize money – and we organized an unforgettable party with two of our NCL sponsors, Elvis Duran and Kelly Clarkson.”

The annual program is designed to highlight the connection between travel and education and recognize teachers for their unwavering commitment to inspiring students every day. To date, the program has awarded 230 teachers across the US and Canada donated with free cruises and over $350,000 to schools and educators since 2019. To learn more about this year’s 100 winners, share their heartwarming stories and support those in your communities, click here.

For more information on the company’s award-winning fleet of 18 ships and itineraries worldwide, or to book a cruise, please consult a travel expert, call 888-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784) or visit www.ncl. com.

SOURCE Norwegian Cruise Line

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