Time Difference/Change

Discussion in 'Disney Cruise Line Forum' started by Imedley200, Sep 8, 2012.

  1. Imedley200

    Imedley200 Mouseketeer

    Aug 26, 2012
    I want to make my reservation for a snorkel trip in GC but want to make sure we pick a time that works with the time change/difference. I'm totally confused with all of it :confused3

    We're on the Nov. 3rd cruise out of Galveston. We'll have the "fall back" time change during our 1st night (or at least I assume we will). Itinery says we're in GC at 7:30am. Is that Eastern time or Central time?

    Will we make the 9:15am (eastern daylight saving time) tour okay or should we go with the 11:15am? I don't want to worry about missing it with the tender thing but I would also like to have some free time in the afternoon for shopping.

    Thanks for your help!
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  3. pdwimmer

    pdwimmer DIS Veteran

    Mar 27, 2011
    The Cayman Islands don't observe Daylight Savings time. They are always on Eastern Standard time.
  4. jdb in AZ

    jdb in AZ <font color=green>It could end up curdled<br><font

    Feb 11, 2011
    The ship observes local time, so if/when your cruise is changing time zone(s) you'll receive a note in your stateroom the night before, notifying you to change your clocks/watches accordingly. If you want to do a 9:15 a.m. shore excursion, that would be 9:15 a.m. ship time, regardless of which time zone it's in.

    Will your shore excursion be with DCL, or reserved privately? If DCL is offering it at 9:15 you would meet at a designated spot on the ship, and have priority on the tenders, so 9:15 with DCL would be very do-able. If you're booking privately and the ship is slow to clear customs or there's a huge line to get off the ship, the 9:15 could be pushing it.
  5. kcashner

    kcashner DIS Veteran

    Dec 4, 2003
    The vast majority of the time, the ship observes "island time." There are rare exceptions (usually these are on Med or Trans-Atlantic cruises), and if there is an exception they announce it about a zillion times.

    For time changes, you will be notified at dinner, with a note in the Navigator, an announcement before the show, and a card on your bed that night! If a guest can miss all of those notifications....are they awake?
  6. MinnesotaMouseketeers

    MinnesotaMouseketeers DIS Veteran

    Oct 25, 1999
    kcashner beat me to it. We did the Wonder Panama Canal cruise and had one port where we DID NOT change our clocks to island time. And they make PLENTY of announcements.

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