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Sometimes the Captain will change time to stay with the local time, sometimes he doesn't. Check the clock at the gangway when you disembark for the day. Always stay on whatever time the ship is on. All aboard time and departure time will be ship's time regardless of what the local time is. Many people have missed the ship because they were on local time

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Always stay on ship time, but be aware that you may need to keep up with any changes to that.  There is plenty of notice if you need to change your watches, so you should have no trouble seeing it if you keep your eyes open a little bit.  As @cruiseguy1016 mentioned, look at the clock on the way out.  The app shows ship time, as well.

 

Just FYI, if the Captain changes the time, it's still "ship time."  Whatever time the ship is on is "ship time." Don't get confused between terms.

 

It used to be that ships almost never changed ship time when crossing time zones in the middle of an itinerary, but they've been doing it more and more in recent years.  Just keep your head up a bit, and you'll be fine.

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If you're looking to plan excursions through private vendors check the local port authority schedule. 
They'll let you know what time you're arriving/departing local time for your booking purposes. (The local excursion providers will also be aware of this.)

However 100% absolutely set your watch to ship time for the day, and be aware if you're using a cellular device to keep time that many will switch to local time automatically

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One BIG thing to watch out for, is if you use your phone or a smart watch for time.

 

It will likely update to the local time.   You can turn of time zone changes in settings.

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4 hours ago, SRF said:

One BIG thing to watch out for, is if you use your phone or a smart watch for time.

 

It will likely update to the local time.   You can turn of time zone changes in settings.

A very important tip. 

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