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Cruise Ship Time

Cozumel time
Cozumel clocktower.

 

The new time zone in the south-east of Mexico means Cozumel no longer changes the clocks for Daylight Saving Time in the spring or fall, which affects the time difference between Cozumel and the U.S., Canada and other parts of Mexico.

If you're arriving on a cruise ship then understanding the difference between ship time and local time can be very important, especially if you've booked one of our Cozumel tours.

Different cruise lines have different ways of deciding what time their ships take.

 

Carnival and Royal Caribbean (RCCL) cruise ships usually go with the time of their homeport and stick with it, whereas Norwegian cruise ships change their onboard time during the voyage, to match the local port they are arriving to.

The itineraries cruise lines give passengers display ship times, so cruisers should remember this isn't necessarily the same as the local Cozumel time.

Cozumel is on U.S. Eastern Time from November 1, 2015 to March 12, 2016 (during U.S. winter time) but then will be on U.S. Central Time from March 13 to November 5, 2016 (during U.S. Daylight Saving Time).

If you're visiting soon on a cruise and are confused, don't worry! Here's a quick reference guide to help you work out what time it is...

Arrival to Cozumel Carnival and RCCL from Florida Carnival and RCCL from Texas/Louisiana Norwegian Disney and others.
Now up to and inc. Oct. 31, 2015

1 hr ahead. e.g. 10am onboard is 9am in Cozumel.

Same as Cozumel time. Same as Cozumel time. Varies, check with cruise line or contact us.
Nov. 1, 2015 to March 12, 2016 Same as Cozumel time. 1 hr behind. e.g. 9am onboard is 10am in Cozumel time. Same as Cozumel time. Varies, check with cruise line or contact us.
March 13 to Nov. 5, 2016

1 hr ahead. e.g. 10am onboard is 9am in Cozumel.

Same as Cozumel time. Same as Cozumel time. Varies, check with cruise line or contact us.
Nov. 6, 2016 to March 11, 2017 Same as Cozumel time. 1 hr behind. e.g. 9am onboard is 10am in Cozumel time. Same as Cozumel time. Varies, check with cruise line or contact us.

Find out about Cozumel shore excursions for cruise ship passengers or more about Cozumel cruises and cruise lines in general.

Disclaimer: we confirmed this information at the time of writing but cruise lines may change their policies and reserve the right to change ship schedules, so please use this information as a guide only and check with your cruise line or listen for announcements once onboard your ship if you want to be sure.

Editor's Note: A new federal law was passed in Mexico creating a new time zone for Cozumel and the rest of the state of Quintana Roo. It took effect on February 1, 2015 and the information above has been updated accordingly.

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