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Old 11-05-2005, 05:21 AM
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On the Carnival Victory 11/13-11/20. Trying to plan shore excursions and wondering if the Victory is on ship time or real time? Don't really understand this difference? Can anyone explain? Thanks!
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Old 11-05-2005, 05:48 AM
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Renee, ships often travel into different time zones during the course of their cruise. Most ships (at least the ones I've been on) let you know the night before that when you wake up the next day, you'll be in a new time zone, and to adjust your watch accordingly, usually just an hour earlier or later.

However, some ships decide to keep their clocks set to match the time at the home port, and not move their clocks according to local time. So the ship's time can be either local time in the area you're cruising, or still set to the time in Florida, or wherever your ship started out.

I don't know how the Victory handles the time issue.

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Old 11-06-2005, 06:58 AM
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It can be confusing, particularly since the whole issue of real vs. ship time is not even consistent from one ship to another on the same itinerary or across a fleet. I recently discovered that the captain of each vessel makes that decision. However, if you are booking excursions on your own, many of the tour operators in each port seem to know the ship's timetable and can plan accordingly.

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Old 11-07-2005, 10:27 AM
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The Victory travels on ship time... which means you do not change your watch at all. You keep the same time, as the US port that you embarked from. Also remember, do NOT ask a local the time, as they will tell you local time, not ships time.
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