Braemar cruise liner becomes largest vessel to sail through narrow Corinth Canal in Greece
Greece : Passengers on the Braemar cruise liner were taking deep breaths when 22.5-metre-wide ship passed through the rocky walls of the canal, which measures 24 metres at its narrowest point, making it the largest vessel to sail through it.
"Today Braemar made history as the longest ever ship to cruise through the Corinth Canal," wrote Fred Olsen on Facebook last Wednesday. They also shared photographs of the cruise ship's "rather tight squeeze" through the Corinth Canal.
The Corinth Canal connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf, separating the Peloponnisos from mainland Greece. It is 6.3-kilometres-long.
According to Metro News, the 24,000-tonne Braemar cruise liner was carrying over 1,200 passengers and crew members. People on the ship were at times able to touch the sides of the canal.
The YouTube video of the ship sailing through the Canal is receiving massive response with a million of people already watched it. Watch the YouTube video below:
"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 in a statement, according to CNN. "We know that this will be a holiday that they will never forget."