10 New Things I Learned on My 15-Day 40th-Anniversary Hawaii Cruise

1. Cruise ships registered outside the USA must include a foreign port in their itinerary; that may not have been the only reason to stop in Ensanada, Mexico (above), on our return from Hawai'i aboard the Grand Princess. But it was almost certainly the main reason. 

2. Booking through a travel agent may get you an upgrade. Good to know. 

3. A fifteen-day cruise is not too long. Not for us, anyway. We enjoyed every minute, and the length of the cruise gave us ample opportunity to get relaxed and stay relaxed for a good long while. 

4. Princess Cruise Lines is now our favorite cruise line. Not that we won't try others. But our first Princess cruise--and fifth overall--was easily the best. 

5. Ukulele chords are completely different from guitar chords. 

6. The events leading up to the annexation of Hawai'i to the U.S. were tragic and shameful. 

7. There are twelve Hawaiian islands. Eight inhabited.

8. The Hawaiian language has only twelve letters: a, e, i, o, u, h, k, l, m, n, p, w. And no sibilants. And no plurals. But once you know the basics, pronunciation is easy. 

9. Hawaii's state fish is the humuhumunukunukuapua`a. And it's not as unpronounceable as it looks.

10. Forty years of marriage to the ideal woman is not a walk in the park; it's paradise.

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