Thank you for letting me know about this. I feel a bit confused about the "ships time". My TA contacted Carnival to see if ship time automatically changed for daylight savings time. Between two different agents, one whom didn't even seem to understand the question and another who had said yes, but seemed unsure about her answer, made me feel a bit concerned.
I believe I am correct in thinking that on our itenerary it is only the Turks and Caicos that honor daylight savings time. Is this correct?
I have been accustomed in the past on other iteneraries that most island tours went by ship's time and we're very familiar with the ships at their ports so now I am feeling a bit intimidated by the whole time change thing. Seems it would be a financial loss for the locals to not be more adapted to the ships times. Especially in the case of the Horizon given it's passenger size.
So, here I am looking to the "Cruise Experts" on Cruise Critic which has always been my Bible for all things cruise.
So here are the things I want to be certain of before comfortably choosing tours:
1. Is it certain that the ship time will change to accommodate daylight savings time?
2. Is ship time based on Eastern Standard Time?
3. Can you verify which islands are on ship's time and which are not?
4. Any suggestions for tours for a large family of eight that won't break the bank? Our interest are snorkeling tours, horseback riding, swimming with stingrays or dolphins, ziplining, or anything unique to the islands. We have four autistic young adults so we try to keep tours to a lower level of difficulty.
Thanks so much for all your help and support. I've been a lurker for many years and finally got brave and started posting.