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Old February 4th, 2007, 01:23 PM
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Sorry for the newbie question but I was wondering how long it takes to get off/on the boat at ports? We are stopping at Grand Cayman and Calica. Since I have never sailed I am not sure if there is a dock or if you have to take a 'ferry' to shore. Thanks so much! Carla
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In Calica the ship docks at the pier, so getting off is quick and easy... minutes.

Grand Cayman every ship has to anchor in the bay and transport passengers to shore in tender boats. This process can take some time. And the same is true returning to the ship. Could be an hour or so wait going either way depending on your timing of course.
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Could be an hour or so wait going either way depending on your timing of course.
Will the ship let you know before you leave what time you need to back to catch the tender boat? Thanks again, Carla
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The time to be back on board the ship will be 30 minutes before sailing. The time will be listed in your daily paper. it is usually posted near the gangway as you exit the ship also. Remember to keep your watch on "ships' time as it is not the same as island time.

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Remember to keep your watch on "ships' time as it is not the same as island time.
Im so sorry to keep asking these newbie questions but the ship is on a different time than the island? How do you know which time zone the ship is on? Is it the one that the ship departs from? I assumed since we were leaving from Tampa this ship would always be on EST. Thanks, Carla
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There are usually representatives from the cruise line at the dock to assist with any questions about tendering once you are on shore.
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That's right...the ship stays on the home port time zone. Eastern in your case. Don't be sorry for your questions!! I am going on Carnival cruise
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AK, That is not true with a ship like the Conquest. They let you know on the ship, when to change the time, as you travel to a different zone, and will tell you again, when you come back.
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Yes, Luanne is right ! If your ship changes the time there will be a notice in the newsletter you get every day (Carnival Capers). And, if I remember correctly, there will be a little card on your pillow at turn down time reminding you of the change! There are also clocks as you leave the ship.

Sometimes they change the time, sometimes they don't !

Just keep your watch on "ship time" and ignore the time at the ports.
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Ok so here is my delima. I want to book the string ray and barrier reef snorkle on Grand Cayman seperate from the ships excursions (much cheaper!!). Our ship is listed as coming in at 7 am and leaving at 2 pm. The scuba trip is listed as 9:30 - 11:30 EST. Since we are leaving from Tampa I assume we will be on EST time also. How far off am I? Thanks so much!! Carla
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Carla,

Easy problem. Get in touch with the excursion people you book with. They know these ships better than we do. Tell them what ship you are coming in on. They will work with you.

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Easy problem. Get in touch with the excursion people you book with. They know these ships better than we do. Tell them what ship you are coming in on. They will work with you.

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Thank you, thank you, thank you!! I was so worried about getting the timing wrong, Carla
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Carla,

You are welcome. Have a great cruise!!!

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