Many cruise travelers who sail with Seabourn are there for the intuitive, gracious service they experience on board the ultra luxury line’s yacht-like ships. Those travelers can also feel good about another part of Seabourn, their involvement with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Earlier this year, in Seabourn UNESCO Partnership To Foster Appreciation, Understanding, we told of the Seabourn’s effort to provide their guests with a deeper appreciation of the many World Heritage sites they visit around the world. Moving right along with that focus, Seabourn is hosting prominent world heritage experts for its Seabourn Conversations enrichment and special guest entertainment program.
On board with UNESCO and their mission to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world, a host of UNESCO advisors and consultants will discuss culture, heritage, history and the importance of sustainable tourism in preserving World Heritage Sites.
“UNESCO’s vital role in encouraging cultural understanding and preservation will make for fascinating conversation on Seabourn vessels around the world,” said John Delaney, Seabourn’s senior vice president, marketing and sales. “The significance of cultural experiences only continues to grow, and we’re excited to welcome those who lend their expertise to UNESCO to engage our guests about such important topics as sustainable tourism, culture and heritage.”
There are more than a dozen UNESCO speakers scheduled to take part in Seabourn Conversations on voyages around the world through fall and the year ahead, including:
- Jacinta Nzioka, (Seabourn Sojourn, December 13, 2014) the Director of Marketing at the Kenya Tourist Board;
- Dr. Carol Westrik, author of “The Future of World Heritage” for UNESCO’s 40th anniversary
- Dr. Juan Jose Negro, an internationally renowned speaker on natural heritage and director of the Doñana Biological Station in Spain (Seabourn Quest, May 12, 2015)
- Dr. Ray Bondin (Seabourn Sojourn, May 31, 2015), who has extensive experience in the rehabilitation of heritage sites and served as Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of Malta to UNESCO.
More Than Window Dressing
Going deeper than an announcement or donation the Seabourn partnership with UNESCO runs deep, weaving its way into itineraries and onboard programming
- Seabourn’s ships visit more than 150 designated World Heritage Sites every year.
- Seabourn’s UNESCO parthership will offer deeper insight and behind-the-scenes information about current and future World Heritage sites and projects.
- Seabourn has created special World Heritage Discovery Tours with exclusive enhanced content developed in cooperation with UNESCO World Heritage site managers and tour experts.
- Fares for Seabourn optional excursions that include UNESCO World Heritage Sites will include a small donation to UNESCO’s World Heritage Fund.
For a list of scheduled UNESCO guest speakers click here.
For reservations or more details, please contact a professional travel advisor; call Seabourn at 1-800-929-9391 or visit www.seabourn.com.
Speaking of Seabourn, be sure to follow along October 30- November 10, 2014, when we will be on board Seabourn Sojourn for the 11-day “Best of the Riviera Food & Wine Cruise” that will visit some of Europe’s most appealing food and wine regions, sailing October 30, 2014 from Monte Carlo, through the French and Italian Rivieras to Rome.