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Old 05-28-2006, 12:07 PM
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I just booked a dolphin swim at Cozumel. The excursion begins at noon Cozumel time, and our ship is due to arrive at 10:00. How do I know if Cozumel time will be ahead of or behind the ship time? I am afraid of messing this timing up. Any suggestions appreciated.
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Old 05-28-2006, 12:37 PM
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Cozumel is in the central time zone. It is quite common for ships leaving the eastern time zone ports to stay on eastern time when visiting the western Caribbean. So if your cruise leaves from Miami for instance, ship's time will be one hour ahead of Cozumel time. Thus, if you arrive at 10am ship time, it will be 9am local time.
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Old 05-28-2006, 02:43 PM
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If you booked this thru the ship, no worries. They told me that is the time you will be meeting at a central place to leave for the excursion.
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Old 05-28-2006, 02:51 PM
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Ship time vs. shore time can be very confusing indeed. This has been brought up before, but the decision whether or not to change the ship time to coincide with shore time is a decision that is made solely at the discretion of the captain of the ship. I have been in Grand Cayman, Belize and Cozumel, when many ships are in port and some of the ships have changed their time to match shore time and others have remained on the time zone of their home port. In most cases, the tour operators on shore have more knowledge of the actual ship's time than anyone else. In the case of your tour being scheduled for noon - I think you will be fine no matter what the "ship time" will be - just be aware of it before going ashore.

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Old 05-28-2006, 05:54 PM
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Thank you-we're leaving from Miami--so that should work out fine. I appreciate the help.
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Old 05-29-2006, 07:07 PM
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Are they doing the dolphin swim on Cozumel now? When we were there in March, they were only be done on the mainland at Playa del Carmen. That's about a 45 min. ferry ride.

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Old 05-29-2006, 08:14 PM
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Yup, ship time is always the time zone you started in. And the excursions (if booked though the cruise lines) will be ship time.

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