Subscribe to the iCal Calendars below with your smartphone, to keep track of both NCL and DNR events while cruising! You can unsubscribe at any time. How you subscribe is slightly different for iPhones vs Android – instructions below.
One very important caveat, with regards to using our DNR Electronic Calendars – is TIME ZONE DIFFERENCES!
- Every cruise publishes a “SHIP TIME” that the Captain sets their clocks to. Most cruise lines set their SHIP TIME to the LOCAL PORT TIME ZONE – but not always.
- Once you get on the ship, manually set your smartphone’s date/time to the posted SHIP TIME. As everything scheduled on board, is according to SHIP TIME. Confirm this every morning!
- We initially set each Calendar Event, to the LOCAL PORT TIME ZONE that we expect the ship to be honoring as their SHIP TIME. However it’s up to the Captain to determine what SHIP TIME for each cruise. We only know the observed ship times, after we board the ship!
- Since we manually set each Event to an expected LOCAL PORT TIME ZONE, when you look at your calendar at your home, the Events may look like they have the wrong time, if you’re in a different time zone. There is no way around this! In order to have the events appear at the proper time for those who will be on the cruise and IN those time zones, we must set them this way!
- We can’t control the time your phone is set to, and it may differ from correct Ship Time, so we also post the SHIP TIME that an event is scheduled, in the static/unchanging DESCRIPTION field of each Event. Always reference this SHIP TIME in the DESCRIPTION – because that field will not change according to your phone’s time settings. Thus if anything goes wrong with our Calendars or your Internet Connection, or how your smartphone is interpreting time zones, you should always reference the SHIP TIME in the DESCRIPTION field.
- If our Tech Guy Darren is on board the ship, he will confirm the daily time zones and ship times, and adjust the event times on our DNR Cruise Calendars. This should happen by the end of the departure day (11:59pm on the departure day). However if he’s not on board, time zone settings could differ.
- Every morning, you should double check that your phone is set to the SHIP TIME, and you should also “refresh” your Calendars, to make sure you are looking at any changes. This will require that you have Internet Access! If you did not purchase an Internet plan on the ship, you should be able to do this on port days, when the ship is near a cell tower (assuming your smartphone has a roaming data plan).
Also when leaving the ship at a port, do not rely on these Cruise Calendars – always confirm the SHIP and LOCAL TIME that you must be BACK ON BOARD with the cruise line, as you depart the ship!
TIP: Do not “insert” calendar events into your existing calendar – instead, you should subscribe to our calendars – by following the steps below!. When subscribing, you will automatically get all updates! You will not, if inserting into an existing calendar!
Also FYI: DNR specific events are added to each calendar, closer to departure date.