Are ship time and island time different? I just booked a stingray city tour and they informed me that they don't reconized daylight savings time, that they go by Eastern Standard Time. Does this differ from the time on the ship? Does the ship use Daylight savings time? I am confused.
When we left port it was DST and the ship observed it for the entire cruise. Grand Cayman, Cozumel and Costa Maya were 1 hour behind us and Belize was 2 hours behind us. Prior to leaving I called Carnival and was assured that the ship would be on whatever time it was in port (I was given this answer by two different people as I called twice) which didn't end up happening. I was alerted to it by reading these boards. If you're being picked at at 8:45 EST it will be 9:45 DST. I brought an extra watch with me which I set to local time and kept my watch on ship time to help us keep track.
Celebrity Century 1/09
Carnival Destiny 10/07
Carnival Destiny 9/06
Monarch of the Seas 3/06
Carnival Inspiration 8/05
Carnival Miracle 4/05
Carnival Inspiration 4/04
Sovereign of the Seas 4/03
I can answer this question for you. I explain this to people on a daily basis. It is true that Grand Cayman does not observe DST along with many other ports. During the winter months (until April 3) Grand Cayman is the same time as Florida. If you are visiting ports where there is a time difference... let's say Belize, and you're coming from Florida, it COULD be an hour earlier than your ship time. This depends on the line that you're traveling on. Carnival and Royal tend not to change their clocks. The best thing is to listen as their making announcements in the morning before you leave and then to ask what time it is to a local on shore. That way your safe.
When we traveled on NCL they told us to change our watches the night before we went to Grand Cayman. We were always on island time until the last night of the cruise at sea, they told us to change it back.