What is the difference between cruise ship time and Belize time?
The time issue is often a source of confusion for cruise ship passengers. The time in Belize is easy to figure out. Belize is on central time (CST), just like Houston and Chicago. Belize does not observe daylight saving time. (Our web site displays a Belize time clock in the sidebar.) The start times for our tours reflect Belize time.
During daylight saving time season, Florida is two hours ahead of Belize, while Texas and Louisiana are one hour ahead. (In other words, if it's 10 am in Miami, it's 8 am in Belize.) During standard time season, Florida is one hour ahead of Belize, while Texas and Louisiana are on the same schedule as Belize. (In the United States, daylight saving time begins the second Sunday of March and ends the first Sunday of November.)
Carnival cruise ships almost always remain on the time of their home ports throughout their travels, even when they cross into a different time zone. During standard time season, ship time aboard the liners based in Florida (including the Carnival Glory, Magic, Miracle, and Splendor) is one hour ahead of Belize time. During daylight saving time, ship time aboard the Florida-based liners is two hours ahead of Belize time. On liners sailing from central time zone ports (including the Carnival Breeze, Dream, Freedom, and Valor), ship time is the same as Belize time during standard time season and one hour ahead of Belize during daylight saving time.
The ship clock policies of the Royal Caribbean and Holland America cruise lines vary by ship.
The itinerary that your cruise ship distributes to you and your fellow passengers will generally reflect ship time.
From your perspective, the time issue should not be a source of anxiety. Our business is based almost entirely on serving cruise ship passengers and part of our job is to closely monitor cruise ship schedules. Our departure times are set to fit within the port times of ships calling on Belize.
|CRUISE SHIPS SERVING BELIZE CITY|
|Cruise Line||Ship||Home Port|
|Carnival Cruise Lines||Carnival Breeze||Galveston, TX|
|Carnival Cruise Lines||Carnival Dream||New Orleans, LA|
|Carnival Cruise Lines||Carnival Freedom||Galveston, TX|
|Carnival Cruise Lines||Carnival Glory||Miami, FL|
|Carnival Cruise Lines||Carnival Magic||Port Canaveral, FL|
|Carnival Cruise Lines||Carnival Miracle||Tampa, FL|
|Carnival Cruise Lines||Carnival Splendor||Miami, FL|
|Carnival Cruise Lines||Carnival Valor||Galveston, TX|
|Royal Caribbean||Brilliance of the Seas||Tampa, FL|
|Royal Caribbean||Navigator of the Seas||Miami, FL|
|Royal Caribbean||Rhapsody of the Seas||Tampa, FL|