Will be traveling on Princess Cruises in November. What "time zone" are we on. Currently I"m Central Standard Time. When looking at the excurions, I want to be sure I'm on the right time. Don't want to miss my ship!
Yeah, a little hard to tell considering you might start out from the West Coast, East Coast, Europe.....Also it often matters if it is a re-positioning cruise or round trip type. If you are sailing out of Miami and returning to Miami then you will most likely remain on EST in November as far as the ship is concerned.
You may bounce around by an hour here and there (you still don't say where you're departing from).
But here's what you should know.
You're worried about the ship's shore excursions. They're listed in the brochures and online in "ship's time," so whatever time it is on the ship is when the excursion leaves and returns. Ships will not leave port until all ship-sponsored excursions have returned.
What time is it on the ship? They'll tell you. If they want you to do a time change on any given evening they'll print it in the bulletin, announce it at the shows, your waiter will remind you, and there will probably be a card on your pillow as well. But on most newer ships the easiest way to find out the correct time is to look at the LCD display on your telephone. It shows you ship's time, and has the added convenience of never screwing up if you leave an automated wake-up call. It always "knows" the correct time because it's slaved to the ship's master clock.
Some cruises have you adjust the time to local, others don't. If the time at the port is different than ship's time, they'll tell you. If they do this pay close attention, especially if you're not on a ship's tour. People always miss the ship when they do this, and I think they should always change ship's time to match port local.
So, just keep your head together and pay attention.