Once a year, each ship coming into a U.S. port must pass a very rigid inspection from the United States Coast Guard. Since it had been a year since the last inspection, the Ocean Princess was due for it's annual comprehensive inspection. This was no easy task. Not only did the inspection last approximately 10 hours, covering all aspects of the ship's operation, but we were also taking on a new relief captain. Before leaving, the captain proudly announced a score of 100% (the best) by the Coast Guard. Everyone was very happy.