FYI - Puerto Rico & Virgin Islands DON'T observe Daylight Savings Time

Clocks may spring forward in US tonight but be aware that Puerto Rico and USVI (St. John, St. Thomas, & St. Croix) do not observe Daylight Savings.

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Neither does AZ or HI and some parts of IN. I wish we would just pick one time a stick with it....I don't even care which one.Sad

That's correct, Arizona and Hawaii don't recognize DST. Here in Alaska DST doesn't benefit us since we have long days and no nights or long nights and no day. So most folk would like to get rid of it.That is okay with me, however, only if the rest of the nation does also. I am adamantly opposed to a change unless that occurs. Reason, I believe it bad for business in almost all respects. We are now four hours behind than the US East Coast and one hour behind the the West Coast. Elimination of DST makes that five and two. Lot of folks who are outspoken on the issue don't even understand that DST is summer not winter, "Spring ahead". A year ago the new State Legislature was just about ready to pass a bill doing so, almost everybody thought that was great and it was sure to pass. I am a member of the Anchorage Chamber. I would mention that I thought this was crazy. Hard core Alaskans remember what it was like trying to do business with the lower 48 when it was five hours. It just makes things that much harder on our visitation industry as well. Here we are, trying to convince the military not to do in our bases as we are in such a strategic spot on the globe, etc. etc. But in our arrogance, we are telling them we are putting the Pentagon another hour away from their bases in Alaska. Solely because we "don't care how they do it outside". Fortunately, wiser heads prevailed and all the Chamber of Commerces nipped that one in the bud. Best example I can point to was some years back a new member of the Alaska House introduced a bill at the start of the session. In his bill he went to great lengths expounding on what an economic benefit it would be for Alaska to eliminate DST. The dopey doofus made a big deal over how we would be closer to the east coast, time wise. He had it absolutely backward, his argument for was a great reason against.

Thanks for the heads up about Puerto Rico. I'll be sure my watch is kept on ship time. I will not be a pier runner, I will not be a pier runner, I will not be a pier runner. Wink

Good minds don't always think alike -lol - I set all the clocks ahead when I happened to be up at 3:30 this morning ... my husband set all the clocks ahead at 5:30 this morning ...I have no clue what day or time it is without looking at my phone or pc .....

I remember when there wasn't such a thing. The governments can't fix a blasted thing but they'll control our time.

I remember when Alaska had four time zones. Southeast was on Pacific coast time while Anchorage was two hours from Seattle and one from Juneau. Interesting history here:

"In the US, “Fast Time” as it was called then, was first introduced in 1918 when President Woodrow Wilson signed it into law to support the war effort during World War I. The initiative was sparked by Robert Garland, a Pittsburgh industrialist who had encountered the idea in the UK. Today he is often called the “Father of Daylight Saving”.

Only seven months, later the seasonal time change was repealed. However, some cities, including Pittsburgh, Boston, and New York, continued to use it until President Franklin D. Roosevelt instituted year-round DST in the United States in 1942."

"From 1945 to 1966 there were no uniform rules for DST in the US and it caused widespread confusion especially for trains, buses, and the broadcasting industry. As a result, the Uniform Time Act of 1966 was established by Congress. It stated that DST would begin on the last Sunday of April and end on the last Sunday of October. However, states still had the ability to be exempt from DST by passing a state ordinance."

Good reminder.

I've made the mistake of looking at my phone (which is in airplane mode on the ship so I don't incur surprise charges) and not realized that the time has not updated and could be different than ship time.

Now I always double check when I get off the ship as to what the current ship time is ....and carry a watch set to that time!

I'm not relying on my Fitbit to update with the time changes, and my phone is kept in airplane mode too. My watch is easy to change, and I will be relying on it for sure.

Phones in airplane mode may still update its clock to local island time if wifi is turned on, even without a wifi connection. The GPS uses the wifi antenna and smart phones are smart enough to figure out where you are without an internet connection. I disable automatic time zone detection on day one of a cruise and manually pick the embark city so my phone stays on ships time. I also validate it as I step off the ship, just ask any crew member standing around.

As more and more cell providers allow free or cheap roaming relying on your phones clock will become an issue unless you know better. Looking at my phone for the time has become an involuntary habit. My cellular provider works inexpensively in most ports from the Caribbean to Europe so my phone is not in airplane mode while in port.

I flew to the islands for 18 months every other week, as well as extensive business travel in many times zones so managing time zones became a habit. I hate wearing watches...


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