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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines offers adventurers chance to relive record-breaking experience in new Corinth Canal sailing in 2023

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is giving adventurers the chance to relive history, by joining small ship Braemar for a repeat of its record-breaking transit of the Corinth Canal in May 2023.

In 2019, 22.52-metre-wide Braemar made history when she became the largest ship to ever traverse the 6.4-kilometre-long Corinth Canal in Greece, which is just 24-metres wide at its narrowest point. The sell-out sailing also broke a second record when it became Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ highest rated cruise for itinerary satisfaction based on feedback from guests on board.

Fred. Olsen has today unveiled a new sailing to the Corinth Canal, with an itinerary that will also showcase the rich history and culture of the Greek islands, as well as their scenic beauty and sandy beaches.

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

“Our Journey Planners work hard to craft every cruise with the joy of the journey in mind, but this cruise offers a sailing experience like no other.

“Here, Braemar will showcase exactly what we mean when we say ‘smaller is better’, embarking on another record-breaking sailing of the Corinth Canal.

“While the canal transit will undoubtedly be a highlight, this cruise delivers a host of unforgettable experiences. Explorations ashore will uncover the impressive sandstone architecture and the imposing Palace of the Grand Masters in Rhodes, the Roman Odeum in Patras, and the chance to explore the site of Ancient Olympia, to name just some of the memorable experiences.”

The full itinerary of Braemar’s return to the Corinth Canal is as follows:

Braemar’s 25-night M2311 ‘Corinth Canal and Greek Islands’ cruise, departing from Southampton on 3nd May 2023. Prices start from £4,999 per person.

Itinerary: Southampton, England – Malaga, Spain – Milazzo, Sicily, Italy – Scenic cruising by Stromboli – Cruising the Strait of Messina – Katakolon, Greece – Argostoli, Kefalonia – Cruising the Corinth Canal – Ermoupoli, Syros – Piraeus (for Athens), Greece – Rhodes, Rhodes – Agios Nikolaos, Crete – Valletta, Malta – Ibiza, Spain – Cartagena, Spain – Lisbon, Portugal – Southampton, England

For more details:Visit M2311 ‘Corinth Canal and Greek Islands’

Prices shown are based on two adults sharing an interior cabin, and include accommodation, all meals and entertainment.

For further information on Braemar's Corinth Canal sailing, visit Book online, call our Reservations team on 0800 0355 242 (Monday to Saturday, 9am to 5pm), or contact your ABTA travel agent.



Fred. Olsen Cruise Line operates in the UK with four intimately sized ships for a more personal cruising experience.


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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

At Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines we are very proud of our smaller ships – Bolette, Borealis and Balmoral - and the imaginative and unusual itineraries they allow us to offer. Every cruise is hand-crafted from scratch by our team of in-house Journey Planners to make sure you are not only visiting the best destinations, but at the best time to experience them.

For us, it’s not just about where we go but how we take you there. We put as much time into planning scenic cruising as we do in choosing the destinations themselves. On board, our Signature Experiences showcase the history, culture, nature and flavours of the destinations you’ll visit – from Treats of the Region, where you can enjoy local delicacies, to our Sky at Sea star-gazing sessions where you can relax with a hot toddy out on deck while our astronomer talks you through the night sky.

Plus, with each ship carrying 1,300 guests or less, our ships are small enough for us to offer a warm, friendly and personal service where nothing is ever too much trouble, as we visit a host of exciting ports in every corner of the globe.

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
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