This is something most cruise ships I have been on don't have a clock anywhere other than a bedside one which could be telephone/alarm, even in a suite we have not had a clock, but you are on your holidays why worry about time you are there to relax and enjoy yourselves.
If you are going on a Trip you will really need a clock to make sure you get up in time to get on the tour bus.
The TV and the telephone both have alarm options so if you need to make sure you are up and organised then there is one if not two options available to you. We never do early bus tours late morning or afternnons and if it is more than 4 hours duration we give it a miss as we are on a holiday to relax and not spend hours on a tour bus, more of an endurance test to go on tours leaving at 7.30 in the morning, but everyone to their own thing.
Maybe you should look at Neil and Ida Down's comment above about the ship changing the times later than they should, in our case we will definitley be bringing an alarm clock with us a VIBRATING Alarm Clock as we are both deaf and need it to wake up.. What is the point in sailing to different places if you dont want to visit them. Might as well go on a ship that does not stop for 2 weeks. We like to find out about the places we stop at because we are interested in travel not just sunbathing.
My wife had a stroke a few years ago and early mornings are not something she likes nowadays, but we have still seen a lot of the world we just we don't want to spend 4/8 hours on a bus to see it. In many cases we have had land visits to some of the places so we have seen them but not via cruising, so we choose our trips with all of this in mind.
I hope your wife is as well as can be again I can understand why she would not want to rush to get up in this case it is better to take your time. We too have been on many foreign land holidays and love going on trips to find out about the country and their culture it makes it more interesting and we always use Trip Advisor to find best Hotels and it has never let us down. So this is our 1st Cruise and we hope we enjoy it otherwise it will be back to land holidays.
I am fairly sure you will enjoy ever minute of your cruise, we first cruised away back in 1996 and I was dead against the idea and next year we will be doing cruises No's 14 and 15 and I have to admit my initial thoughts of being opposed to the idea are now radically different but at the end of the day it is what you make of the trip just like any other holiday. Our first cruise next year is on the brand new Celebrity Solstice which will start crusising later on this month, it is currently under going sea trials at the moment.
The reason most ships do not have a wall clock is because the ships go through so many time zones that keeping the clocks regulated would be a mamouth task. The bedside phone can be regulated by the central system and is easy for them to change. .... Neil.
I feel a fool now..not thought bout time zones! Wondered if there was an infa red one on the TV. anyhow thanx for your intelligent reply.
Don't feel foolish, I don't and I spelt mammoth wrong. There also could be a problem with the clock on the TV as well because they often are very late changing the time on this and it can really put you out. We always take a luminous travel clock (but then we would wouldn't we) and set it according to the time and we are always reminded by the note on the pillow of any time change. .... Neil.