By Mario R. Mercado
July 15, 2014

Seabourn, the luxury, small-ship cruise line, recently announced an alliance with UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) to help protect as well as promote World Heritage.

As part of the cruising experience, Seabourn's guests will have the opportunity to hear lectures from onboard speakers with deep knowledge about World Heritage sites and projects, current and future, as part of the line's Seabourn Conversations.

Fares for Seabourn optional excursions on sailing itineraries that include UNESCO World Heritage Sites will include a modest donation charge to the UNESCO World Heritage Fund. Significantly, Seabourn has committed $1 million to UNESCO as part of the multi-year agreement. Seabourn itineraries include land excursions to some of the world's exceptional sites, including the temple complex of Borobudur in Java, Pompeii and Herculaneum in Italy, as well as the celebrated Taj Mahal and the ancient sites in Greece.

Mario Mercado is T+L's Arts and Research Editor