Huge cruise ship is seen squeezing through the tiny Corinth Canal

Breathe in! Biggest cruise ship to ever squeeze through tiny Corinth Canal in Greece makes it with just 3ft to spare on each side

  • Passengers on the 72ft wide MS Braemar cruise ship could reach and touch sides
  • The 643ft long vessel can carry more than 1,200 passengers and crew on board
  • The four-mile long Corinth Canal separates mainland Greece from the Peloponnesian Peninsula 

Incredible footage showed the moment the largest ever cruise ship to pass through the Corinth Canal in Greece squeezed through the tiny gap. 

The video showed the vessel as it passed through as people watched on from the top deck.  

Passengers on the 72 foot (22 metre) wide MS Braemar cruise ship could reach out and touch the sides of canal – which is 78 foot (24 meters) wide at its narrowest point. 

The video shows the MS Braemar cruise ship as it passes through the Corinth Canal, with people watched on from the top deck

Passengers on the 72 foot (22 metre) wide MS Braemar cruise ship could reach out and touch the sides of canal – which is 78 foot (24 meters) wide at its narrowest point

The 643 ft (196 metre) long cruise ship can carry more than 1,200 passengers and crew on board and was assisted by a tugboat to guide it into the correct position.  

The 24,344-tonne ship is owned by UK-based Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines and on Wednesday it became the largest ship to cross the Corinth Canal.

The cruise ship is currently sailing on a sold-out 25-night ‘Corinth Canal & Greek Islands’ cruise, which left from port in the UK in September.

The end of the footage shows the ship as it released back into the open sea after it manages to get through the gap.  

The 643 ft (196 metre) long cruise ship can carry more than 1,200 passengers and crew on board and was assisted by a tugboat to guide it into the correct position

The cruise ship is currently sailing on a sold-out 25-night ‘Corinth Canal & Greek Islands’ cruise, which left from port in the UK in September. Pictured: the narrow gap between the side of the boat and the canal 

The four-mile long Corinth Canal separates mainland Greece from the Peloponnesian Peninsula and connects the Corinthian and Saronic Gulfs.

The canal, constructed between 1880 and 1893, enables ships in the Aegean Sea that are travelling to the Adriatic take off nearly 185 nautical miles from their journey.  

Clare Ward from 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.’ 

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