Steve’s Sojourns: The Corinth Canal
Having recently passed through the Corinth Canal myself on a small sailing ship I was amazed to see that Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has confirmed that its 929-guest ship, Braemar, will be returning to the Canal in September 2022 for a third time, offering even more guests the opportunity to experience this record-breaking sailing.
The company made history in October 2019 by becoming the largest ship – at just under 186 metres long – to sail the 6.4-kilometre canal, which is only 24 metres wide at its narrowest point making it impassable for most modern ships.
The Canal connects the Gulf of Corinth with Aegean Sea. It cuts through the narrow Isthmus and separates the Peloponnese from the Greek mainland. It was dug through the Isthmus at sea level and has no locks. Nowadays it has little economic importance and is mainly a tourist attraction. However it’s still mazing to sail through.
The canal was initially proposed in classical times and was completed in 1893.
Braemar’s 26-night M22CC ‘Corinth Canal & Greek Islands Cruise’, departs from Southampton on 23rd September 2022.