Seabourn, the ultra-luxury cruise line, has signed an agreement to extend its official partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for another five years.

The UNESCO alliance began in 2014 and aims to foster wider support and understanding in the travel industry for UNESCO’s mission of safeguarding and promoting the world’s unique cultural and natural heritage recognized for its outstanding universal value.

“We’re incredibly proud to continue our relationship with UNESCO as their official cruise partner, building on the work we have completed together in recent years,” said Richard Meadows, president of Seabourn, in a press release statement. “Together we share a common view that the preservation of cultural and historic sites around the world has lasting impact on travelers for generations to come.”

Since its inception, Seabourn and its guests have contributed more than $1 million to UNESCO and facilitated visits to hundreds of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The financial support directly aids UNESCO’s efforts to promote and preserve these precious sites for future generations

For Seabourn’s guests, the partnership means that their travels are enhanced by deeper insight, unique access and behind-the-scenes information about World Heritage sites and projects. Guest speakers with special knowledge about World Heritage sites join selected sailings as part of the line’s complimentary Seabourn Conversations enrichment program, and the company currently has 424 UNESCO tour options in 69 countries.

Examples of UNESCO excursions include ‘The Ultimate Archaeologist Experience at Gorham’s Cave,’ a site in Gibraltar that contains some of the most comprehensive evidence of the life of the Neanderthals. Guests will join Doctors Geraldine and Clive Finlayson, the scientists involved in ‘unearthing’ these discoveries, as they explore areas of the cave that fewer than 120 people are allowed to access each year.

Another UNESCO tour option is ‘Extraordinary Megalithic Malta & the National Museum of Archaeology,’ which explores the megalithic temples of Malta, some of the most ancient religious sites on earth. The tour concludes with a visit to the National Museum of Archaeology in Valletta, including some artifacts displayed exclusively for the tour.

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