Smithsonian’s Mighty Cruise Ships Debut This Week

The Smithsonian is back with a new season of Mighty Cruise Ships, this week featuring Star Clippers unique tall ship with sails, Royal Clipper. Previously, Mighty Cruise Ships programming has included a profile of R.M.S. Queen Mary and others.  Land programming like this can be helpful for travelers looking for a bit more information than provided on cruise line websites or in a brochure. It’s a minuscule part of planning for travel that can add gargantuan benefits prior to sailing.

This Week: Royal Clipper 

Built in 2000, Royal Clipper preserves and celebrates the traditional seagoing ways of the late-1800s, and does it on a grand scale. This modern-day tall ship boasts five masts that soar 190 feet in the air, and 42 sails that can catch even the slightest of breezes. Join us as we set sail down the western coast of Italy, head east to Greece, and north into the Adriatic Sea. It’s a 12-night voyage of luxury and romance for guests, but for the crew, it’s a non-stop adventure thanks to torn sails, a broken motor, and some missing passengers. Sundays at 8 PM EST is the time for Mighty Cruise Ships with Mighty Trains following directly after at 9:00 PM EST.


Coming Up: Also profiled, Viking Ocean Cruises new Viking Sea as well as MSC Divina, Carnival Vista and more.  To learn more, go to, or connect with the Smithsonian Channel on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.