Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ guests experienced the transit of the 6.4-kilometre-long Corinth Canal in Greece on Wednesday 9 October 2019, as 22.52-metre-wide Braemar broke the existing record to become the largest ship ever to traverse through the canal. Corinth Canal is only 24 metres at its narrowest point.
The Corinth Canal is a waterway that separates the Greek mainland from the Peloponnese, turning it into an island. It is an important navigational route, which once allowed ships to enter the Aegean Sea. Whilst the Canal is steeped in over two millennia of history, the structure that we now know was completed and used for the first time on 28th October 1893.
Clare Ward, Director of Product and Customer Service for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said:
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. At Fred. Olsen, we strive to create memories that last a lifetime, and with guests on board Braemar able to get so close to the edges of the Corinth Canal that they could almost touch the sides, we know that this will be a holiday that they will never forget. 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!