Richard Okill - Answered a Question by knapman (17 Dec 08 07:01)

On the westbound journey the ships time is altered by adding one hour, normally each night in the early hours, though this depends on the route the ship is taking. For example, on QM2 Southampton to New York west bound, the clocks will be advanced one hour for five consecutive nights. Transitting west to east the reverse procedure takes place and you will lose an hours sleep for five consecutive nights. The timings will vary on a diagonal crossing, say to the Caribbean, but the principle will be the same.Hope this explains. Richard.

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Buckley - Answered a Question by knapman (17 Dec 08 10:45)

Hi you have had one answer and to add to that as you have not made it to clear is it the flight back your bothered about where the time difference is done overnight ? Plenty of diabetics cruise and have to suffer jet lag as we all do when crossing the pond it takes us a few days to adjust,i presume if your husband tests his own sugar levels he can adjust his food intake to suite and should be ok Hope you get an answer from a diabetic ?

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McGreechan - Answered a Question by knapman (17 Dec 08 11:47)

Last year we did our first cruise - the QE2 Autumn Colours tour. On the 6 day crossing from Southampton to Quebec it was lovely as they put the clocks back an hour each day at around 2:00 am so you got an extra hour in bed in the morning - not so good on the way back from New York as they put the clocks forward an hour each day so an hour less in bed each morning! As this time difference is gradually introduced over the six days I am sure you will have no problems with your husband's diabetes schedule.

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Neil & Ida Down - Answered a Question by knapman (17 Dec 08 12:13)

Hi Mrs Knapman, not wishing to complicate the issue but most diabetics, type one or type two cope with the one hour change fairly easily as the body is normally quite adaptable. Just do the normal blood sugar checks and he'll be ok. The other thing which is sometimes happening now, particularly on the west to east run, is that some ships are changing the time at midday so that it becomes 1 pm. I thought this would be awkward but in fact it turned out to be super and the waiters and cabin staff said they loved it as they didn't miss the hour as it was not taken from their sleep time. Just a bit of superfluous stuff. .... Neil .

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knapman - Answered a Question by knapman (18 Dec 08 06:35)

Thank you all for your answers, I think the best thing to do is find a cruise from and returning to England, Yes it was the flight, either over or back I was concerned about. We manage the Med: fine but, would like to get a little more adventurous. Mind you I would have to look into the insurance first I suppose. Thank you all again, Merry Christmas to you all.

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Macro - replied to knapman (19 Dec 08 04:31)

Insurance for this illness should not pose a problem - it is when it is combined with over 65 years that things start to get more expensive ! Make sure you tell any insurer that you will be on a cruise, as that is VERY important.

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Bull - Answered a Question by knapman (24 Dec 08 19:29)

It is no problem adjusting to time changes on transatlantic cruises.They are only changed by 1 hour each night. As it is gradual it is easy to cope with.If you are going from New York back to Uk on Cunard for instance you actually gain an hour each night. Great. Have fun.

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BULL - replied to Bull (26 Dec 08 15:38)

I actually got my facts wrong re cunard transatlantic. you only gain an hour each night on cruising from southampton to new york not the other way. sorry. m.bull.

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Gasston - Answered a Question by knapman (26 Dec 08 09:43)

Hi just to try to put your mind at rest over the time difference and with your husband being a diabetic.There is no problem i found and I am a diabetic of many years . I take my blood sugars on a regular basis and as the clocks only alter by 1 hour at a time i have had no problems.Enjoy your cruise and leave your worries at home !!! Happy cruising. Una Gasston Shoreham-by-Sea.

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