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Cruise Ship Becomes Largest Ever Vessel To Pass Through Greece's Corinth Canal

Cruise Ship Becomes Largest Ever Vessel To Pass Through Greece's Corinth Canal

A cruise ship has become the largest ever vessel to travel through the iconic Corinth Canal in Greece - and the footage will make you VERY glad you weren't the one tasked with maneuvering it through.

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The Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines ship set sail from Southampton on 27 September, taking its 929 passengers on a 25-night 'Corinth Canal and Greek Islands' cruise.

The ship - called 'Braemar' - is 195.82 metres long and 22.52 metres wide, and weighs 24,344 gross tonnes. Basically, it's bloody massive.

But it managed to squeeze through the tiny (well, by comparison) canal, which is just 24 metres at its narrowest point, meaning there wasn't exactly much wiggle room.

Breathe in folks! Credit: Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Breathe in folks! Credit: Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

The stunning Corinth Canal separates the Greek mainland from the Peloponnese, and is a historic navigational route, having once allowed ships to enter the Aegean sea.

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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!"

Social media users have been hugely impressed by the feat, with one person commenting: "Blimey that's tight!!"

Someone else added: "WAY too much pressure. Not me! Wow! Great steering!"

One person who claimed to be on board also tweeted to say they were so close to the sides of the canal they could 'touch the trees' as they went through.

They wrote: "Wonderful views and exhilarating. Could touch the trees as we passed by. Congratulations to Captain Jozo Glavic and his crew."

Yeah, rather you than me, mate.

Featured Image Credit: Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

Topics: Greece, World News, News

Jess Hardiman

Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at [email protected]

 

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