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Seabourn's UNESCO Partnership Welcomes More World Heritage Experts Onboard

In the Spring and Summer of this year, Seabourn will welcome its next group of prominent speakers as a part of its Seabourn Conversations enrichment and special guest entertainment programme.

Topics will include culture, heritage, history and the importance of sustainable tourism, in preserving World Heritage Sites across the world. Through its partnership with UNESCO, Seabourn offers deeper insight and behind-the-scenes information about current and future World Heritage sites and projects.

Speakers scheduled to take part in upcoming Seabourn Conversations are as follows:

Dr. Catherine Hickson , (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.

Alessandra Borchi , (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.

Dr. Ege Yildirim , (Seabourn Odyssey, June 25), an urban planner specialising 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.

Ray Bondin , (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.

Peter Stott , (Seabourn Quest, September 11), an industrial historian, archaeologist 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. `

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. For Seabourn’s guests, the alliance with UNESCO means their travels onboard Seabourn’s intimate ships will be enhanced by deeper insight and behind-the-scenes information about current and future World Heritage sites and projects. Speakers with specialist knowledge about World Heritage are onboard to share their knowledge. Seabourn has also created special World Heritage Discovery Tours at a number of ports worldwide, working with UNESCO World Heritage site managers and tour experts.

For more information on voyages with Seabourn and its UNESCO partnership, please call one of our Cruise Experts on 0800 008 6677.