Seabourn today signed an agreement to extend its official partnership for a further five years with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to help support its mission of safeguarding World Heritage.
To date, Seabourn and its customers have contributed more than $1 million to UNESCO since its 2014 pledge to partner with the international organization that’s pledged to protect and promote the world’s most unique cultural and natural elements, which are invaluable to all of humanity.
Since the partnership’s initial formation, Seabourn has delivered visitors to discover hundreds of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Fares for these optional Seabourn excursions also include a small donation made to UNESCO itself.
“We’re incredibly proud to continue our relationship with UNESCO as their official cruise partner, 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.”
The UNESCO alliance gives Seabourn’s guests the advantages deeper insight, unique access and behind-the-scenes information provided about the World Heritage sites and projects they visit. On select sailings, expert speakers on World Heritage subjects join passengers as part of the line’s complimentary enrichment and entertainment program, called Seabourn Conversations.
Seabourn’s fleet of five ultra-luxury, all-suite ships traverse the globe to many of the world’s most desirable destinations, and current itineraries can provide more than 250 shore experiences at over 170 UNESCO-designated sites. The cruise line has also created special World Heritage Discovery Tours at a number of ports worldwide. The intimate experience aboard its special vessels enables its guests’ to follow their passions in exploring exceptional destinations in a uniquely personal way.
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New Crystal Program Offers Lower Deposits Good Through 2022
Crystal’s just-launched Crystal Assured Savings program lets travelers make a $500 deposit by June 30, 2020, for an additional 2.5 percent savings on any seven-night or longer voyage through 2022. Travelers have until March 31, 2021, to select their preferred voyage.
The extra savings range from $50 for over $6,000, depending on sailing and category. The offer is good on any ocean, river, expedition or yacht cruise.
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Travel advisors will earn commission on the deposit as well as locking in new bookings for the future with full commission, less applicable savings.
“Our travel partners are part of the Crystal family, and we remain dedicated to supporting their business and working with them through these unprecedented times,” said Carmen Roig, Crystal’s senior vice president of marketing and sales. “The Crystal Assured Savings program equips them with an honest, simple tool – and meaningful savings for their clients – to continue to grow their luxury business and share the Crystal Experience with travelers who are looking to explore the world at a later date.”
The additional savings of 2.5 percent are on top of other Crystal special savings that may apply including two-for-one fares, Book Now Savings, Crystal Society Savings, Early Final Payment Savings, Back-to-Back Savings, Combination Voyage Savings and available future cruise credits.
“The Crystal Assured Savings is a win for our clients, given the array of opportunities to lock in savings on Crystal’s incredible luxury experiences now, as they look ahead to traveling again in the future,” said Eric Maryanov, president of All-Travel in Los Angeles. “Likewise, the program presents a wonderful chance for travel advisors to stimulate business during today’s uncertain environment, while also building a strong foundation for tomorrow that will keep their businesses growing. With Crystal Assured Savings, Crystal is making it possible for the travel community to stay connected and inspired beyond the challenges we are currently facing, and helping advisors weather the storm.”
Another advisor agrees. “There is no better time to start planning a Crystal vacation, with so many savings opportunities available to both new and returning guests. … Crystal’s new program helps ensure that we all sail through this time together,” said Leah Bergner, senior travel advisor for Coastline Travel Advisors in Orange County, Calif.
Terms and conditions for Crystal Assured Savings can be found here.
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