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Old October 5th, 2003, 08:59 AM
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Default Ship's time (crossing time zones)

A basic cruise question from a newbie:

How does Cunard handle the on-board time change as the voyage crosses time zones? Does the ship stay on local time at one of the ports, or change as it crosses time zones?

ps: I taking the QM2 April 2004 Westbound Transatlantic Crossing

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Old October 5th, 2003, 02:42 PM
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Default Re: Ship's time (crossing time zones)

Transatlantics are easy.

Eastbound - lose an hour a day (clocks go forward an hour daily)
Westbound - gain an hour a day (clocks go back an hour daily)

There may be one day in each crossing where this does not happen, but generally this is the rule.

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Old October 5th, 2003, 06:37 PM
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Last year the steward placed a card on the pillow each night there was a time change so you wouldn't forget and be off an hour the next day. I love westbound for those 25-hour days...

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Old October 6th, 2003, 03:10 AM
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Eastbound or Westbond Southampton-New York is a five hour time difference - so one night (usually around the middle of the voyage) the clocks do not change.

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Old October 9th, 2003, 12:09 PM
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Generally the others have it correct but apparently it's up to the captain. We sailed with one captain who changed the clocks at 4pm. And I heard of another who did it all at one go - as soom as the ropes were cast off 5pm. became 10pm, or midday.

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Old October 12th, 2003, 10:01 PM
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The part I didn't understand (we did EBound 9/25) when we finally made it to Southhampton, the official ships clock (which is actually a PC!) was an an hour AHEAD of GMT. BST?
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Old October 13th, 2003, 04:12 AM
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British Summer Time doesn't end until 26/10 this year so one hour ahead of GMT would be correct.
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