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Old March 30th, 2007, 12:41 AM
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Hi all,

I'm sure this question has probably been answered somewhere at sometime but... my search criteria for "ship's time" and "ship time" came up empty.

Soon I shall be sailing the warm, inviting waters of the Caribbean (a welcome respite from the cold Russian winter - don't ask ) and for the first time I am planning on doing some excursions on my own. However, each of the local excursion operators ask what time the ship arrives at port, and the only info I can see on Carnival's website is arrival and departure time according to "ship time". To be honest, I don't remember if this changes or stays the same for the duration of the cruise (always booked cruiseline excursions before), so it's difficult for me to answer them accurately. Complicating the matter are whether or not various locations follow daylight savings time or not, but I can easily find this info on the internet. FYI, I'll be sailing in the Western Caribbean on the Valor, stopping at Grand Cayman, Roatan Island, Belize, and Costa Maya.

So my main question is: does Carnival adjust ship time to local time, or does it stay fixed at EDT (Miami) time?

I appreciate any help you can give me on this, I certainly wouldn't want my (new) wife to miss any excursions on her first cruise... cause I'll never hear the end of it!
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Does it always stay at EDT/EST? No. On my May cruise, I'll start EDT...will end up PDT. So they'll change the times. As they will in your case. However, "ship time" might not be the same as the time ashore. Independent tour operators know what the the difference [if any] there is between "ship time" and time ashore. If there is a difference, they'll know what the start time is for you...and show up at the correct time
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I think generally, if your ship returns to the same port it sailed from, ship time will stay at the time of your embarkation/debarkation city. For instance, if you sail from and back to Miami, ship time will always be Eastern Daylight Time. Mexico is still using the "old" calendar for changing to Daylight Saving Time, so even though the US is now on Daylight Time, Costa Maya would be on Central STANDARD TIME (for the next week).

But, don't worry about it--tell the tour operators what ship you're on and the time that Carnival posts as the arrival time, and they'll know.
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I did the Western Caribbean on the Carnival Glory two years ago and no changes were made for time zones.

I f you cruise during Daylight Saving time to the Eastern Caribbean, then Eastern Daylight Time is the same as Atlantic Standard tome so local times and ship times match.

Several years ago I cruised on the Sensation out of Tampa and time on the ship was adjusted for time zones.
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Yep, seems as if most of the tour operators do know, which is a good thing. One though, gave me a strange time compared to another operator at the same port - weird. Anyway, I've since straightened it out.

Thanks all for your input!
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OK I wondered the same thing. So my ship is sceduled to be at Grand Cayman from 8:00-5:00. Does that mean 8:00 Daylight savings time or Cayman time which is EST? In other words, does the ship change times before we get to Cayman and then after we leave change again?
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When dealing with times in ports of call, you would always be on ship's time....so if you are scheduled to be in grand cayman from 8 to 5, that is 8 to 5 ship's time. This may be different from local time.
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So say you are docked at the port supposbily 1pm-10pm if you're in the caribbean it would be 11am-8pm..b/c they are two hours behind us right...I think lol
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