Shopping around paid off, and I managed to sort it out for £34. It was as cheap for the full year as it was for a single trip, so I can dash off and visit mother if I choose, or maybe can jump on a cruise around the Med.
Peter has had to sort a couple of things out too, membership of the British Seamans Assocation?? (Yeh, we think it's weird too, but them's the rules.) And he needs 6 months left on his passport AFTER the cruise. Again, we think it's wierd, but we worked out he can get kidnapped or put in jail for a bit and still have time left on his passport to come home.
All good fun eh? But it's done now. I still have to make sure I've had a haircut and stuff before I go, so that I can look good on board. LOL