The Braemar, a 195-meter-long, nearly 24-tonne cruise ship, has made history as the largest ever to pass on the Corinth Canal in Greece.
The difficulty is not so much the length or weight of that cruise ship. Braemar is 22.52 meters wide and the narrowest point of the Corinth Canal is just 24. Passing a nearly 24-ton "monster" into such a narrow space, with five feet of error, was an experience that so soon it will not be forgotten by the 929 passengers of the cruise.
"We strive to create memories that last a lifetime. With the guests aboard Braemar getting so close to the banks of the Corinth Canal that they could almost touch it, we are sure this is a holiday they will never forget," said Clare Ward, Fred's representative. Olsen, the company that owns the vessel.
"It was a very exciting trip and a tremendous milestone in Fred's 171-year history. We are delighted to have shared it with our guests," who departed England in mid-September for a 25-day trip called of Corinth Cruise.
"We are already registering extraordinary interest on our second Corinth Canal cruise in the spring of 2021 and we can't wait to do it again," added Clare Ward.
The Corinth Canal was built between 1881 and 1893, fulfilling a nearly two-thousand-year-old desire that advanced in Roman times. In the year 67, the emperor Nero ordered the construction of a canal in the Peloponnese region, detaching six thousand slaves for the work. He would die the following year and his successor, Galba, abandoned the project because it was too expensive.
The 6.3-kilometer-long canal, with a width of at least 24 meters, connects the Gulf of Corinth to the Aegean Sea and facilitates navigation around the Peloponnese, saving a 400-kilometer voyage to vessels (or 185 nautical miles, to use maritime language).
The channel passes through the isthmus of Corinth and transforms the Peloponnese peninsula into an island by separating it from the mainland of Greece. As it is narrow, it is only used by smaller vessels, but now that Braemar has opened the sea way for larger vessels, it is possible that some "monsters" from the seas may be added to the 11,000 boats that annually cross the Corinth Canal.
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