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Sunrise at the temple complex of Borobudur, a Unesco site and Seabourn destination. Close

Sunrise at the temple complex of Borobudur, a Unesco site and Seabourn destination.

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Sunrise at the temple complex of Borobudur, a Unesco site and Seabourn destination.

In an effort to raise at least $1 million for the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Seabourn Cruise Line announced June 16 a new set of in-depth heritage site excursions available to its passengers.

The cruise line, which already visits about 150 World Heritage sites—everywhere from Borobudur to Pompeii—has incorporated special site tours, World Heritage expert lectures, and other content exclusive to guests as part of Seabourn Supports UNESCO (a six-year engagement with the organization). Take, for example, an elephant ride through the ancient capital of Thailand, Ayutthaya, followed by lunch at a local hotel and a visit to (and lecture on) Wat Phra Si Sanphet, built in 1448, with three chedis and a 53-foot-tall Buddha laden with more than 330 pounds of gold.

UNESCO donations are built into the cost of such excursions, and increase the price by either $5 or $10. Books on World Heritage and complementary access to the typically restricted sections of the UNESCO website lend emphasis to the alliance throughout the entire cruise.

Excursion details and iteneraries are not yet final, but will be available on ships leaving August 1 and after.

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