Now 30 teachers will win instead of 15 — plus, they could win up to $25,000.

By Stacey Leasca
April 08, 2019
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In March, Norweigan Cruise Line launched a campaign to show just how much it loves America's teachers. And now, the cruise line announced its competition is getting even bigger.

The cruise line is seeking nominations of educators who are “spreading the joy of learning” in their classrooms from now through April 12. The contest is open to anyone in the U.S. or Canada, and, anyone can nominate their favorite teacher to win a free cruise on the Norwegian Joy. Teachers can even nominate themselves. And now, anyone can vote for their favorite nominated teacher or share their submission on social media to help gain more votes. After April 12, a few lucky teachers will be chosen as finalists.

And, as of Monday, the company announced they will be doubling the prizes to now include 30 winners instead of the original 15. As a huge bonus, the top three teachers will receive $25,000, $15,000, and $10,000 respectively.

“This campaign has clearly resonated with the public, with nearly 45,000 nominations and 1.4 million votes in just three weeks,” Andy Stuart, president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line, said in a statement. “We set out to gift 15 cruises in honor of our 15th ship, Norwegian Joy, but given the engagement and appreciation of this effort, we have decided to double the joy and award 30 educators who make an impact in children’s lives in a positive and meaningful way.”

Stuart added that he encourages everyone to continue to nominate the “teachers in their lives that have made a difference, and take the opportunity to recognize the outstanding work they do every day.” He added, “We are excited to see all the final submissions for the campaign and to celebrate the winners as we welcome Norwegian Joy to Seattle.”

So, what are you waiting for? Get nominating and get voting.