SEATTLE, April 25, 2016 - As part of
its continuing partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and
Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Seabourn, the world's finest ultra-luxury cruise line,
is welcoming its next group of prominent speakers as a part of its
multi-faceted Seabourn Conversations enrichment and special guest
entertainment program. Conversation topics will include culture, heritage,
history, and the importance of sustainable tourism in preserving World Heritage
Sites across the globe.
UNESCO seeks to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of
cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding
value to humanity. Among those sharing their insights on board Seabourn vessels
over the 2016 spring and summer cruise seasons will be a number of UNESCO
advisors and consultants.
"UNESCO's vital role in encouraging cultural understanding and
preservation always makes for fascinating conversation on Seabourn, and the
seasons ahead will continue the tradition," said John Delaney, senior vice
president, global marketing and sales for Seabourn. "The significance of
educational experiences continues to grow and inspire, and we're always excited
to welcome those who lend their expertise to UNESCO to engage our guests about
such important topics as sustainable tourism, culture and heritage."
Speakers scheduled to take part in upcoming Seabourn Conversations
(Seabourn Odyssey, May 28 & June 4), a renowned Canadian
geologist who has campaigned for the inclusion of volcanic locations as
part of the emerging UNESCO GeoPark system. A global consultant for
geological projects, Dr. Hickson stresses the relationships between
geology and human history.
(Seabourn Odyssey, May 30, and Seabourn Quest, November 4),
the 2013 lead UNESCO advisor in Afghanistan, a global monitoring agent for
UNESCO World Heritage threatened sites, and currently offering her
expertise to the Executive Office for Assistant Director-General for
Culture of UNESCO.
(Seabourn Odyssey, June 25), an urban planner specializing in
heritage conservation who has worked at the Abu Dhabi Authority for
Culture & Heritage, as secretary of the Turkish Conservation and
Restoration Specialists Association, and has served on national
delegations of the UAE and Turkey for the UNESCO World Heritage Committee.
A prolific author and renowned artist, Dr. Yildirim's attention to the
symbolic aesthetics of heritage is central to her work with UNESCO.
(Seabourn Sojourn, July 14), manager of the EU and International
Programmes Office at Heritage Malta, who is involved in research,
improvements and conservation of UNESCO sites on Malta and is Honorary Ambassador
and Permanent Delegate of Malta to UNESCO. His work in Gozo, Sicily, and
mainland Italy are foundational to the region's heritage preservation.
Quest, September 11), an industrial historian, archeologist and
architect, as well as an expert on the architecture of Quebec City World
Heritage Site and author of the history of the U.S. National Park Service.
Based in Boston, Dr. Stott imagines the importance of inclusion of North
American heritage sites of the future.
To view the full list of scheduled UNESCO guest speakers, click here.
Seabourn's ships circle the globe throughout the year and include
more than 150 designated World Heritage Sites in its itineraries. Through its
partnership with UNESCO, Seabourn offers deeper insight and behind-the-scenes
information about current and future World Heritage sites and projects. The
line has created special World Heritage Discovery Tours with exclusive and
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 include a small donation to UNESCO's World Heritage
Seabourn's intimate, award-winning ships offer key elements that set Seabourn
apart: spacious, thoughtfully appointed suites, many with verandas; superb
dining in a choice of venues; open bars throughout the ship; fine wines poured
at lunch and dinner; award-winning personalized service and a relaxed, sociable
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For reservations or more details, please contact a professional travel advisor;
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