Mighty Ships

Discovery Channel’s Mighty Ships returns with six all-new episodes offering unprecedented access to today’s most extraordinary vessels.

Premiering Sunday, July 22 at 8 p.m. ET/ PT, Season 6 kicks off with a special two-hour premiere featuring the world’s most luxurious cruise ship – the fantastic Crystal Serenity – immediately followed by an action-packed voyage aboard battle-bound USS New York, the first time the massive amphibious transport has performed all her functions. Continue reading »

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.

What a remarkable voyage! Discovery Channel Canada’s production company Exploration Production Inc. (EPI) announced today its biggest sale in the terrestrial marketplace.

Australia’s Seven Network has acquired EPI’s entire MIGHTY SHIPS library, representing three seasons (6 x 60), one pilot (1 x 60) and a soon-to-be-produced fourth season (6 x 60). And in the northern hemisphere, EPI has sold the series to the Emmy® Award-winning Smithsonian Channel HD for U.S. broadcast.

These deals build on EPI’s successful cable and satellite sales of MIGHTY SHIPS internationally, where the series is also available to viewers in the U.K., Europe, Scandinavia and South-East Asia.

Offering exclusive behind-the-scenes access, MIGHTY SHIPS explores every part of today’s most extraordinary vessels, from pirate-hunting naval frigates and high-tech ocean dredgers to luxury cruise ships and lethal nuclear-powered aircraft carriers. Using high-end HD visuals and extraordinary 5.1 surround sound, MIGHTY SHIPS peers into engine rooms, bridges and bilges and meets captains, engineers and able seamen, as it reveals everything from the mechanics of modern sea-going to the human drama seafarers face.

The winning combination of “high tech, high stakes and high seas” makes MIGHTY SHIPS fascinating television viewing. Australian terrestrial broadcaster, Seven Network, recently premiered the series’ pilot episode, MIGHTY SHIPS: “Inside the Queen Mary 2,” and delivered one million viewers*. The series is also a popular audience hit on Discovery Channel Canada, where Season 3 currently airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET.

“From the Captain’s bridge to the boiler room, MIGHTY SHIPS indulges a human curiosity and sense of awe that’s universal,” said Tony Leadman, Head, Worldwide Program Distribution, EPI. “I couldn’t be more thrilled that my colleagues at the world’s leading broadcasting companies feel the same way and are adding this remarkable series to their schedules.”

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


MIGHTY SHIPS hunts pirates around the Horn of Africa, rams 50-metre turbine foundations into the seabed, and hoovers diamonds from the deep ocean floor. Launching with a special presentation on Sunday, July 12 at 9 p.m. ET/ 10 p.m. PT before moving to its regular time slot Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT beginning July 15 on Discovery Channel, MIGHTY SHIPS Season 2 features the largest and most state-of-the-art ocean-going vessels in the world. Encore episodes air on Discovery HD beginning Friday, July 24 (visit www.discoveryhd.ca for local times). For a complete see-all, hear-all experience above and below deck, sail on the most sophisticated ships ever built with the return of this original Canadian series.

HDMS Absalon stops modern-day pirates off the coast of Somalia. MIGHTY SHIPS – Absalon airs Sunday, July 12 at 9 p.m. ET/PT before moving to its regular time on Wednesdays beginning July 15 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT on Discovery Channel

In the first episode of Season 2 (July 12), the frigate HDMS Absalon, the biggest ship in the Danish navy sets sail to hunt modern-day pirates who have been terrorizing the waters off Somalia, capturing ships and taking hostages at gunpoint with increasing frequency.  It’s a highly active mission, in the hottest pirate zone in the world, and MIGHTY SHIPS is in the thick of it. The Absalon Special Forces team hunts down ruthless and well-armed pirates, using lethal resources. At stake are the lives of the Absalon crew, and the safety of every ship that sails the waterways around the Horn of Africa.

Giving viewers the highest level of access imaginable, MIGHTY SHIPS peers into engine rooms, bridges and bilges and meets captains, engineers and able seamen, as it reveals it all from the mechanics of modern sea-going to the high stakes human drama seafarers face.

Using high-end HD visuals and extraordinary 5.1 surround sound, MIGHTY SHIPS covers every waterfront to explore pirate-hunting naval frigates, icebreakers and massive state-of-the-art container ships, to fibre optic cable layers, sophisticated factory trawlers in the dangerous arctic seas and lethal nuclear-powered aircraft carriers.

To enhance the MIGHTY SHIPS experience across media, www.DiscoveryChannel.ca features captain bios, behind-the-scenes info about the ships, photography, and on-demand episodes available one week following broadcast.

MIGHTY SHIPS is produced by Exploration Production Inc. (EPI) in association with Discovery Channel. Edwina Follows is the Director of EPI, and the show is produced by Executive Producer Kathryn Oughtred for EPI and Ann-Marie Redmond for Discovery Channel.

All Aboard! Mighty Ships Reveals the Secret Mechanics Behind the World’s Most Sophisticated Vessels Beginning July 22

Leaving 24-hour buffets, deck-side cocktail parties and peppy cruise activity directors to “tamer” ships, Discovery Channel climbs aboard to offer an exclusive look at some of the coolest working vessels in the world with the premiere of its new original Canadian series, Mighty Ships.

Premiering Tues., July 22 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Discovery Channel (and then following on Discovery HD on Sun., July 27 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT), each episode of the six-part series provides unprecedented access to everything above and below deck, from the mechanics of modern sea-going to the human dramas facing seafarers. Whether it’s cargo container ships, ice-breakers or livestock carriers, Mighty Ships is as much about what happens inside the ship as the journey each vessel makes.

Building on the success of Discovery Channel’s Canadian special Mighty Ships: Queen Mary 2, this new original series provides the most exclusive access to some of the world’s most extraordinary working ships.

Shot entirely in High Definition, Mighty Ships features 5.1 surround sound and stunning visuals from aboard these vessels, as it explores the mechanics of the actual ships and the intricate relationships of those aboard.

Meet the crew and staff who navigate these ships and find out what makes their jobs so unique – and sometimes – very challenging.