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Could someone please explain how the heck to know what time it is? I understand that you cross time zones during the night while travelling the inside passage? Isn’t it all pacific time? 

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Actually, once you depart the west coast you will be on alaska time, which is one hour earlier than pacific time.

you should refer to this time for all of your cruise, unless you are stopping in Victoria, which would put you back on pacific time.

it is seven pm here in Skagway which means eleven pm EST

hope this helps?


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The time zone currently in use by CA/OR/WA/BC is Pacific Standard/Daylight Time. All 4 States/Province are currently on daylight saving times or Z-7. Alaska is further West, so uses the next time zone. Since they also use daylight savings time their time is 1 hour earlier (Z-8) than the coast.


On departing on a voyage, the Captain checks the current time of the arrival port, determining how many hours, if any, they are different. For Alaska the difference is 1 hour, with the clox going back 1 hour, if northbound or forward an hour, if southbound.


While most times on a ship, the cloxs change at 02:00, it is entirely at the discretion of the Master. When clox go back, I have always experienced the change at 02:00, giving pax an extra hour sleep. However, when cloxs go forward, some Masters will elect to change cloxs at Noon, so pax do not loose an hour sleep and also assist with compliance of crew hours of rest requirements.


To determine time zone, Google will provide the current time in most, if not all cities in the world.

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On Ovation they changed the night before the first port, they put a little reminder on your bed.

Sometimes you need to set phones to not use location for time as it may grab the location of your wireless which could be hosted in Ohio or Hawaii or Florida.


Last year on Explorer I ended up with CDT, this year on Ovation I was getting Hawaii time.

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