Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines just broke the record for largest ship to squeeze through the notoriously narrow Corinth Canal in Greece.
The ship that made the journey, Braemar, sits at 24,344-gross-tonnes, 195.82 meters long, 22.52 meters wide. The canal itself is 24 meters wide at its narrowest point, which means the 929 passengers onboard would have almost been able to touch the sides of the canal.
The Corinth Canal is a waterway that separates the Greek mainland from the Peloponnese, turning it into an island. Though ships have been making the passage through the canal since 1893, Fred. Olsen claims Braemar was the longest ship to make the passage.
Braemar is currently completing a sold-out 25-night ‘Corinth Canal and Greek Islands’ cruise, which set sail from Southampton, UK on 27th September 2019.
“This is such an exciting sailing and tremendous milestone in Fred. Olsen’s 171-year history, and we are thrilled to have been able to share it with our guests,” Clare Ward, director of product and customer service for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines said.
“We have already had exceptionally high interest in our second Corinth Canal cruise, in Spring 2021, and we can’t wait to do it all over again!”
You can watch the journey below: