Mighty Ships returns with a blockbuster fifth season, July 20 on Discovery Channel

Take to the seas on the voyage of a lifetime when Discovery Channel’s MIGHTY SHIPS returns with six all-new episodes featuring that unique combination of “high stakes, high seas, high drama” that loyal audiences around the world have come to expect from this original Canadian-made series.

Premiering Wednesday, July 20 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT, Season 5 starts with the hottest ticket on the high seas aboard one of the largest and most popular cruise ships in the world – the magnificent Norwegian Epic…but be warned, this is NOT your (grand) parent’s cruise ship anymore! 


Highlights from the fifth season of MIGHTY SHIPS include:


MIGHTY SHIPS: “Norwegian Epic” 

Wednesday, July 20 at 8 p.m. ET/ 10 p.m. PT

With a 10,000 square meter spa, a 250-meter long waterslide and a pool deck the size of a city block, Norwegian Epic is the best party on the high seas! With name-brand entertainment like the Blue Man Group and Cirque Dreams, more than 20 bars and restaurants, and hot pool decks that transform into even hotter nightclubs, Norwegian Epic is a billion-dollar showboat like you’ve never seen! Don’t miss a minute as MIGHTY SHIPS starts its fifth season off in style, capturing the ship’s energetic crew and clientele as they party their way through a weeklong Caribbean holiday on one of the largest cruise ships afloat. But, big ships can have big problems – and Norwegian Epic is no exception. Watch as it deals with crosswinds in a narrow harbour and getting its 4,000 passengers back on board safe and sound after a daylong shore visit – how will the crew pull it off? 


MIGHTY SHIPS: “North Star” 

Wednesday, July 27 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

North Star is one of the only links between Alaska and the continental United States. This massive cargo vessel has spent the winter on the Tacoma-to-Anchorage route, delivering everything from food to building supplies and even army tanks. North Star must deliver within a 72-hour window and the team that loads her has to be even speedier to make deadline. MIGHTY SHIPS captures every moment of this voyage that is anything but routine – with waves as a high as a 10-story building; menacing, hurricane-force winds that can blow crewmembers overboard; and an engine cooler leak that forces North Star to ram through the stubborn Alaskan icepack with just three of her four diesel engines. It’s a journey through sub-zero darkness and unforgiving waters. 


Also this season on MIGHTY SHIPS, sail to the bottom of the world (and to the white continent itself, Antarctica) on “Le Boreal,” a vessel as nimble as a yacht with the luxurious appointments and service of a cruise ship (August 10); scope out one of the world’s biggest oil-producing vessels on “FPSO Maersk Peregrino,” (August 17); explore the most powerful, highest-rated ice-breaking bulk carrier in the world on “Umiak I” (August 24); and on the most dramatic season finale yet, get an exclusive tour of the U.S. Navy’s newest ship, “USS Gravely,” a guided missile destroyer, as she prepares for battle on the high seas (August 31). 

MIGHTY SHIPS is produced by Exploration Production Inc. (EPI) in association with Discovery Channel Canada.

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