Cruise ship BRAEMAR made a historic transit through the Corinth canal becoming the longest vessel that ever transited through the narrow canal. Fred Olsen Cruise Lines shared the breath-taking video on YouTube which has been viewed more than 500k times. “ Take a look at majestic Braemar cruising through the Corinth Canal today - 9th October 2019,” wrote the Norwegian-owned cruise shipping line.
Clare Ward, the Director of Product and Customer Service for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, in a statement, 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.” Ward said that the guests onboard Braemar were 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,” he said. Ward also informed that a second Corinth Canal cruise is scheduled in Spring 2021 and that they “can’t wait to do it all over again!”
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines also shared amazing photographs, on its official Twitter account, of the cruise squeezing the canal.
A user, who was present on the cruise, shared his experience on Twitter. “Wonderful views and exhilarating. Could touch the trees as we passed by. Congratulations to Captain Jozo Glavic and his crew,” he wrote.
The transit Braemar, which set sail from Southampton, the UK on September 27, 2019, broke the existing record to become the largest ship ever to traverse the “famous feat of engineering”. According to Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, the Braemar, which crossed the canal, is 24,344-gross-tonnes, 195.82-metre-long and 22.52-metre-wide and it cruised through the narrowest point, measuring 24 metres, of the canal. The Corinth Canal cuts through the narrow Isthmus of Corinth and separates the Greek mainland from the Peloponnese.