Mom And Son Water Slide
  • On Jul 26, 2015
    Jan from PA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hello! We'll be on the cruise that sails from Vancouver to Hawaii this September. How will the ship handle crossing three different time zones? I'd hate to miss out on something because I didn't know what time it was at the moment.

    Welcome aboard, Jan!

    Sailing on the Disney Wonder across the Pacific to my Hawaiian homeland is an awesome voyage that I'm sure you and your ohana will enjoy. There will surely be lots of magical moments just waiting to be made.

    You'll be crossing the US map on this trip from PA to the western region of the US... so, right when you get onboard, you'll need to switch your watches back by 3 hours from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST). Since the ship will be docked in Vancouver it will follow that timezone. You'll be enjoying some sea days on your voyage across the Pacific. As you arrive the Hawaiian Islands, you will be advised by your Cruise Director when to move your watches back by another 3 hours. As you prepare to dock in Hawaii, you'll actually feel like you can do so much since it feels like you're up so early.

    Every day, you'll get a Personal Navigator and you'll see the guidance for the time zone. You can also check out the TV in your stateroom, and the ship's time will usually be on one of the hosted Disney Cruise Channels - likely on the Bridge Report channel or Bridge view (it's on a lower channel). There will also be several announcements onboard about the time zone changes. If you still want to double check, you can call the Guest Services desk anytime of the day to reconfirm the current ship's time. This way, you'll know you won't miss any of the activities and events going on for that day.

    Here are some words to get you started for Hawaii:
    Mahalo  < thank you >, Keiki   < kids >,  Aloha  < Hello or Bye... means a lot of different things >.
    You might also want to learn how to do the "shaka" (it's a friendly hand signal)

    I hope this is helpful, Jan. Wishing you lots of Aloha for your upcoming voyage in September. Please do let us know if you have any additional questions as you plan for your vacation. 

    ~ Dolly
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Meet the Panelist: Dolly, California

I'm a full-time working mom anchored by an active family who shares the passion for travel, food and music! Our 2 teens have grown up sailing on the Disney Cruise Line and sharing the magic with other working families brings us so much pride and Pixie Dust! Learn More About Dolly

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