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Captivating images show the moment when a cruise ship became the largest ship of all time to go through the Corinth Canal in Greece this week.

The passengers of the MS Braemar, 22.25 meters wide, sometimes touched the sides of the canal, which is 24 meters wide at the narrowest point.

The four-mile canal separates the Greek mainland from Peloponnese and was built in 1893.

This saves a 430km drive around the peninsula, but is too narrow for modern ocean freighters and is now mainly used by tourist vessels.

The MS Braemar, which weighed 24,000 tonnes, had to use a tug to avoid shocks when transporting more than 1,200 passengers and crew members.

The passengers of the ship said that they could touch the edges of the canal (photo: Fred Olsen Cruise Lines)

The cruise sailed from Southampton on September 27 and broke the record record on Wednesday.

The cruise "Corinth Canal and Greek Islands" lasts 25 nights and stops in cities such as Rhodes, Kefalonia and ports of Spain and Italy.

Clare Ward, operator Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, said: "This is an exciting sail and milestone in Fred Olsen's 171 years, and we are delighted to have been able to share it with our guests."

A person claiming to be on board tweeted: "A magnificent and exhilarating view. Could touch the trees in passing. Congratulations to Captain Jozo Glavic and his crew. "