To many, an Atlantic crossing by cruise ship, in November, is akin to enduring Dante's Inferno and its Nine Circles of Hell. The Italian poet's masterwork charts the poet Virgil and his descent into the nether-world of sin, Hell is depicted as nine concentric circles of torment located within the Earth; it is the "realm ... of those who have rejected spiritual values by yielding to bestial appetites". Four early sins of the nine are Lust, Gluttony and Greed plus Limbo. If you've witnessed the afternoon cream tea frenzy on a cruise liner, that depiction will resonate - normally mild-mannered pensioners scrambling over each others zimmer frames to make a lunge for that last slab of black forest gateau.
But the is another way. If you cross the atlantic, go large. Cunard's Queen Mary 2 (pictured) offers a chance to sail into New York with your waistline and dignity intact. Cunard's fleet of three ocean liners can take on all-comers in the bad weather department. Over 1000 feet long, spacious and open to competition eaters all through the day. Of all the sins that may befall you, though, Gluttony is the frontrunner. Arrive as a passenger, leave as freight.
You have been warned!