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One year on since Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ record-breaking transit of the Corinth Canal with small ship Braemar

9th October 2020

Today marks one year since Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ Braemar made history by becoming the largest ship ever to traverse Greece’s historic Corinth Canal.

On 9th October 2019, under the command of Captain Jozo Glavic, 195.82-metre-long and 22.52-metre-wide Braemar broke a world record to become the largest ship ever to traverse this famous feat of engineering, with the canal only 24 metres at its narrowest point.

The sell-out sailing broke a second record when it became Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ highest rated cruise for itinerary satisfaction from guests on board.  

Clare Ward, Director for Product and Customer Service at Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said:

“While Braemar became the largest ship to ever travel through the Corinth Canal, ironically it was her smaller size – in cruise ship terms – that made this possible.

“It really was an incredible sailing, with the rock faces so close our guests could almost reach out and touch them. We received such wonderful feedback from our guests afterwards, describing it as ‘exceptional’ and ‘truly remarkable’.

“We are so proud of the experiences our smaller ships allow us to offer our guests, and this record-breaking sailing really does help us to illustrate that.

“We can’t wait to replicate this experience for even more guests when Braemar returns to the Corinth Canal, with a number of future sailings already confirmed.”

Details of some of Fred. Olsen’s future Corinth Canal sailings are as follows:

Braemar’s 10-night M2208 ‘Greek Islands & Corinth Canal’ fly-cruise, departing from Valletta, Malta (flights from London and Manchester), on 13th April 2022. Prices start from £2,099 per person.

Ports of call: Valletta, Malta – Katakolon, Greece – Argostoli, Greece – Cruising Corinth Canal, Greece – Ermoupoli, Greece – Piraeus, Greece – Rhodes. Greece – Agios Nikolaos, Greece – Valletta, Malta

For more details: Visit M2208 ‘Greek Islands & Corinth Canal’  

Braemar’s 25-night M22CC ‘Corinth Canal & Greek Islands’ cruise, departing from Southampton on 23rd September 2022. Prices start from £4,999 per person.

Ports of call: Southampton, UK – Malaga, Spain – Valletta, Malta – Agios Nikolaos, Greece – Rhodes, Greece – Ermoupoli, Greece – Cruising Corinth Canal, Greece – Patras, Greece (overnight stay) – Katakolon, Greece – Argostoli, Greece – Cruise Strait of Messina, Italy – Cruising by Stromboli, Italy – Trapani, Italy – Ibiza, Spain – Cartagena, Spain – Lisbon, Portugal – Southampton, UK

For more details: Visit M22CC ‘Corinth Canal & Greek Islands’  

To witness Braemar’s record-breaking transit of the Corinth Canal, watch the video at:

For group bookings and enquiries, please contact Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ dedicated Group Sales Department on 01473 746169 (Monday to Friday, 9am until 5pm), or e-mail  For further information on Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, visit the website at


The price shown is based on two adults sharing a twin-bedded Interior Room, and includes accommodation, all meals and entertainment, plus port taxes.
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