I'm totally confused. We will be arriving in Grand Cayman on Thursday July, 31, 2003 on Carnival's Paradise. Carnival says arriving 9:30. Tour operator says the port authority says arrival 7:00. We are trying to meet a 9:30 tour. Tour company says plenty of time to make the tour. Do you know which would be right, port authority or cruise line? If we do arrive at 9:30, what time is that in Grand Cayman?
Ships generally publish their schedules in local time.
It is not surprising that the port authority has pencilled in an earlier arrival than the one published by the line, because of pilotage and docking procedures, etc.
If the tour is a ship's tour, you don't have to worry. I wouldn't schedule a private tour for at least an hour after the ship is due to arrive. Plus, Grand Cayman, if memory serves, is almost always a tender port these days. So you may have tender issues to deal with, and unless you're a very frequent cruiser the ships tours get first dibs on the tenders.
When we cruised on the Carnival Victory to western Caribbean the ship stayed on Miami time so there was a two hour difference between ship time and the time in Grand Cayman. That may be the case with the Paradise.
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Re: Ship time vs. Cayman Time
AR - lots of ships stay on home port time - has happened to me at least four of my eight cruises. And, yes, it did make for some interesting rushes back to the ship, especially in Cozumel after our dolphin swim!
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