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Cruise Ship Time

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Understanding the difference between ship time and local time is useful for visitors arriving to Cozumel on cruise ships.

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

And, it is even more important around March and November each year, when the U.S.A. moves to and from Daylight Savings Time before or after Mexico.

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 Cozumel time.

Cozumel is usually on U.S. Central Time, so the same as Texas, but one hour behind Florida, New York and Toronto.

In March, clocks go forward an hour for daylight saving in the States and Canada, but not until three or four weeks later in Mexico.

This means that during those weeks the U.S.A. and Canada are an extra hour ahead.

For example, for these weeks, Texas will be one hour ahead of Cozumel and Florida will be two hours ahead.

This happens again when the clocks go back an hour at the end of October in Mexico, but not until a week or two later in November in the U.S.A.

A new Mexican law is also planned that will mean Cozumel and the surrounding state of Quintana Roo create a separate new time zone and synchronize their clocks with Florida.

The proposal has already received approval by one chamber of the Mexican government and is just waiting for approval by the other before it can take effect, although it's not clear if or when this will happen.

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 Norwegian Disney and others.
Up until
Mar. 8, 2014
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.
Mar. 9, 2014 to Apr. 5, 2014 2 hrs ahead. e.g. 10am onboard is 8am in Cozumel. 1 hr ahead. e.g. 10am onboard is 9am in Cozumel. Same as Cozumel time. Varies, check with cruise line or contact us.
Apr. 6, 2014 to Oct. 25, 2014 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.

Find out about Cozumel tours 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.

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