Corinth Canal Transit,
A breathtaking and bucket list experience, crossing the Corinth Canal is the stuff of dreams. From a distance, this small crack in the coastline is unnoticeable, however as you drawn nearer, the impossible seems about to happen. As your eye is drawn down the stretch of 4-mile traverse, the inevitable “will we, won’t we” manage to squeeze through the 20-metre gap thrill becomes unavoidable. The Corinth Canal connects the Adriatic Sea with the Aegean Sea, effectively cutting off the Peloponnese peninsula at the bottom of Greece and turning it into an island. Although construction was finished quite recently in 1893 by French engineers, the idea for a shortcut to save boats sailing all-round the Peloponnese was long considered by the Ancient Greeks and the isthmus was first crossed by boats in 600 BC when Periander, tyrant of Corinth, built a ship railway for small boats being carried on wheeled cradles running in grooves, pulled by their crew. Demetrius Poliorcetes, Julius Ceasar and Caligulas were subsequent planners, but the lack of tools and technology thwarted their efforts. Impassable for larger vessels, crossing the famous Corinth Canal remains one of this cruise's highlights.