While there are fewer cruise ships and passengers to contend with in George Town during the summer months, ships are also arriving and departing earlier than in peak winter season.
The cruise ships, en route from the US, are on US time, and are therefore one hour ahead of us in summer, confirmed Manager Cruise Operations with the Port Authority Joseph Woods.
However, during winter the ships are on the same time as the Cayman Islands.
So, in summer, because of US daylight saving time, they arrive here an hour earlier than they do during winter.
Marketing and Merchandising Manager with Island Companies Claire Newman said that in the past their stores have changed their summer opening times to accommodate the ships. However this has meant that they have had to change their closing times also, which has not been as accommodating to stay-over guests and island residents. Because of this, this year they are staying with regular opening hours of 8.30am to 5pm on a daily basis.
Although ships may come into port sooner, most guests are generally not around town until about 8.30am anyway, she noted.
This year most of the United States began Daylight Saving Time on the second Sunday in March and the US reverts to standard time on the first Sunday in November.