Now in its 4th year, Norwegian Cruise Line is once again hosting Norwegian’s Giving Joy, the annual recognition program awarding educators across the U.S. and Canada who demonstrate their passion and motivate their students every day. Each year during Teacher Appreciation Week, NCL encourages people to nominate and vote for teachers who have made an impact in their life for a chance to win a well-deserved cruise vacation.
Educators, much like travel, are a powerful source of inspiration and education – broadening perspectives by connecting people to each other and bringing awareness to different cultures and experiences worldwide.
Eligibility: US, Canada (excluding Quebec), 13+ unless you are nominating yourself as a Nominee, in which case you must be twenty-one (21) years of age or older to be a Nominee.
Entry Dates: May 8, 2023 – June 9, 2023 at 11:59 pm ET
Entry Limit: one entry per person
A Nominator may nominate any individual that is: a) a legal resident of Canada (excluding Quebec) or the 50 United States (including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico); b) 21 years of age or older; and c) an accredited teacher currently employed at a Public or Private elementary school, middle school, high school, or an accredited university or college in Canada (excluding Quebec) or the 50 United States (including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico).
A Nominator may nominate themselves as a Nominee. Prizes will only be awarded to the Nominees that are subjects of the winning Submissions (as defined below); Nominators will not receive a prize (unless Nominator nominated himself or herself).
Submission Guidelines: each essay submission must
- must be the Nominator’s original work
- must be no longer than 1,250 characters
- must be in English
- include the required photograph of the Nominee you are nominating
- have the permission of the Nominee
Limit: There is no limit to the number of individuals that a Nominator can nominate, but any Nominator may only nominate the same individual once.
Public Voting: The forty (40) eligible Submissions that receive the highest number of votes at the end of the Contest Period will be deemed the Semi-Finalist Submissions and the Nominees associated with those Submissions will each be deemed a Semi-Finalist.
Voting Limit: one vote per Voter per Nominee and votes are subject to verification at any time. All votes must be received by 11:59:59 PM ET on Friday, June 9, 2023. Only votes submitted through the Contest Website are valid.
Semi-Finalist Verification: On or about June 15, 2023, Administrator will notify the forty (40) Semi-Finalists via email and/or phone using the information provided on the Contest Website. Semi-Finalists will be required to verify their teaching accreditations by providing proof of employment. Each Semi-Finalist will be required to respond and provide verification by 11:59:59 PM ET on June 19, 2023.
Judging to Select Finalists and Grand Prize Winners:
- Relevance to the Contest theme (50%)
The Nominee’s lasting impact on his/her students (30%); and
- Content and Originality (20%)
The Nominees associated with the Submissions that receive the top three (3) highest scores (subject to verification of eligibility, compliance with the terms of these Official Rules, and completion of the required documents as further described below) will be deemed the three (3) Grand Prize Winners in order of scores received. The Nominees associated with each of the seventeen (17) Submissions with the next seventeen (17) highest scores (after the Grand Prize Winner Submissions’ scores) (subject to verification of eligibility, compliance with the terms of these Official Rules, and completion of the required documents as further described below) will be deemed the Finalists
Each Finalist Prize includes: a 7-day cruise certificate for Finalist and one (1) guest (each, a “Guest”) valid for sailings originating from the U.S. and Canada, including voyage fare plus NCL’s Free At Sea offer (additional details available at www.ncl.com/cruise-deals/free-at-sea) gratuities, taxes, fees, and service charges. ARV: $7,500
Grand Prizes (3): a 7-day cruise certificate for Grand Prize Winner and one (1) Guest valid for sailings originating from the U.S. and Canada, including voyage fare plus NCL’s Free At Sea offer (additional details available at www.ncl.com/cruise-deals/free-at-sea), gratuities, taxes, fees, and service charges; and an invitation for Grand Prize Winner and one (1) Guest who is 21 years of age or older to Norwegian Viva’s Christening Voyage, sailing from Miami, Florida from November 28, 2023 to December 2, 2023. This portion of the Grand Prize includes: roundtrip coach-class airfare for Grand Prize Winner and his/her Guest departing from a major airport located near the Grand Prize Winner’s home (as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion) to Miami, Florida; . one (1) night hotel accommodation on November 27, 2023 (as determined by the Sponsor in its sole discretion) in a standard room based on double occupancy, including breakfast, taxes and fees; roundtrip ground transfers from the airport to the hotel to the cruise port; and a 5-day cruise for Grand Prize Winner and one (1) Guest on Norwegian Viva’s Christening Voyage, sailing from Miami, Florida from November 28, 2023 to December 2, 2023, inclusive of F&B, WiFi, and other amenities provided to inaugural guests. ARV: $8,850
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