Lindsey Ward, a prekindergarten teacher at Northland Pines Elementary School in Eagle River is among 30 teachers in the U.S. and Canada who have been recognized by Norwegian Cruise Line’s Giving Joy Campaign during Teacher Appreciation Week.

Norwegian Cruise Line, the innovator in global cruise travel, awarded cruises to 30 educators as well as thousands of dollars to their schools as part of its Giving Joy campaign, an effort to reward teachers who inspire students and bring joy into the classroom.

The month-long campaign, in recognition of the connection between travel and education, launched in advance of the newly revitalized Norwegian Joy’s North American inaugural sailing during Teacher Appreciation Week (May 6-10).

The 30 teachers with the most votes won a seven-day cruise for two and were provided with airfare and accommodations for an award ceremony in Seattle on May 3. There, at the event hosted by Norwegian Cruise Line President and CEO Andy Stuart and nationally syndicated radio personality Elvis Duran, the three grand prize finalists were awarded $25,000, $15,000 and $10,000 for their schools.

“I could not be happier with the tremendous response our Giving Joy campaign has received,” said Stuart. “Through this effort, we were able to raise awareness of the important work teachers do every day and reward truly amazing educators for their meaningful contributions.”