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GRAMMY Award-winning artist Kelly Clarkson will be joining Norwegian Cruise Line in celebrating and rewarding educators as part of the Norwegian’s Giving Joy annual recognition program hosted by Norwegian Cruise Line. 

Clarkson will be joining this year’s Norwegian’s Giving Joy winners aboard Norwegian Prima, where she will perform during the award ceremony honoring these top 100 teachers across the U.S. and Canada, when the ship debuts in Texas on Oct. 27, 2022.  

“Not only has Kelly been a wonderful friend of our cruise line since joining our NCL family as godmother to Norwegian Encore, but she has also been a steadfast supporter of educators through the years,” said Harry Sommer, president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line. “We all have a teacher who holds a special place in our hearts, and Norwegian’s Giving Joy program provides a platform for us to publicly recognize and provide them with an experience of a lifetime. Kelly shares our strong appreciation for this community of unsung heroes, making her the perfect partner to help us bring this special program to life once again.”  

The annual program, which recognizes the connection between travel and education and celebrates teachers for their dedication to inspiring students every day, has awarded 130 teachers with free cruises and over $185,000 to schools since 2019. This year, 100 teachers across the U.S. and Canada will win an exclusive sailing aboard the cruise line’s newest ship, Norwegian Prima, during the inaugural 5-day sailing from Galveston, Texas from Oct. 27 – 31, 2022. In addition, the top three grand prize winners will receive an additional 7-day voyage for two from the U.S. or Canada, as well as a $25,000, $15,000 and $10,000 donation respectively for their school.

“Teachers deserve every recognition for their relentless commitment to inspiring students every day,” said Clarkson. “As the Godmother of Norwegian Encore, I’m so proud to partner with NCL on Norwegian’s Giving Joy program. This community does incredible work, and through this annual program, I get to play a small role in showing our gratitude to these educators with an opportunity of a lifetime. I can’t wait to celebrate the 100 deserving winners this October, as I welcome them to my home state of Texas before they set sail.”

Norwegian Cruise Line is encouraging nominations of certified or accredited teachers in the U.S. and Canada now through June 3, 2022.  To nominate teacher, to vote and for the contest terms and conditions, visit 

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