The new time zone that took effect on February 1, 2015 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, and you'll also find some websites and apps still don't have the new time zone on them, so check out this handy guide to make sure you don't get confused.

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. Central Time from March 12 to November 4, 2017 (during U.S. Daylight Saving Time) but then will be on U.S. Eastern Time from November 5, 2017 to March 10, 2018 (during U.S. winter 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 Ship time
Mar 12 to Nov 4, 2017

Carnival and RCCL from Florida

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

Carnival and RCCL from Texas/Louisiana

Same as Cozumel time.

Norwegian

Same as Cozumel time.

Disney and others.

Varies, check with cruise line or contact us.

Nov 5, 2017 to Mar 10, 2018

Carnival and RCCL from Florida

Same as Cozumel time.

Carnival and RCCL from Texas/Louisiana

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

Norwegian

Same as Cozumel time.

Disney and others.

Varies, check with cruise line or contact us.

March 11 to Nov 3, 2018

Carnival and RCCL from Florida

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

Carnival and RCCL from Texas/Louisiana

Same as Cozumel time.

Norwegian

Same as Cozumel time.

Disney and others.

Varies, check with cruise line or contact us.

Nov 4, 2018 to March 9, 2019

Carnival and RCCL from Florida

Same as Cozumel time.

Carnival and RCCL from Texas/Louisiana

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

Norwegian

Same as Cozumel time.

Disney and others.

Varies, check with cruise line or contact us.

March 10 to Nov 2, 2019

Carnival and RCCL from Florida

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

Carnival and RCCL from Texas/Louisiana

Same as Cozumel time.

Norwegian

Same as Cozumel time.

Disney and others.

Varies, check with cruise line or contact us.

Nov 3, 2019 to March 7, 2020

Carnival and RCCL from Florida

Same as Cozumel time.

Carnival and RCCL from Texas/Louisiana

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

Norwegian

Same as Cozumel time.

Disney and others.

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.