Seabourn, the world’s leading small ship cruise line, has signed an agreement to extend its official partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in a unique alliance to help protect World Heritage.

The five-year extension will continue to foster wider support and understanding in the travel industry and among travelers for UNESCO’s mission of identifying, safeguarding and promoting unique cultural and natural heritage around the world deemed to possess universal value for all humankind.

Seabourn has contributed more than $1 million (USD) to UNESCO since 2014 as a component of this partnership. 

“We’re incredibly pleased to continue our relationship with UNESCO, building on the work we have completed together in recent years,” said Richard Meadows, president of Seabourn. “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.”

For Seabourn’s guests, the UNESCO alliance means that their travels on Seabourn’s intimate, all-suite ships is enhanced by deeper insight and behind-the-scenes information about World Heritage sites and projects. Speakers with special knowledge about World Heritage sail on Seabourn’s ships as a part of the line’s Seabourn Conversations enrichment and entertainment program. In addition, fares for Seabourn optional excursions that include UNESCO World Heritage Sites include a small donation to UNESCO.  The company has also created special World Heritage Discovery Tours at a number of ports worldwide, with exclusive enhanced content on World Heritage.

Seabourn seeks to enable guests’ passion for exploring the world’s most exceptional destinations. Since the partnership’s founding, Seabourn has facilitated visits to hundreds of UNESCO World Heritage sites and currently includes over 170 designated sites in its itineraries. The financial support from Seabourn directly supports UNESCO’s efforts to expand, promote and preserve these precious global resources for future generations of travelers.