Cost of over-indulgence will be revealed on the scales

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It’s been at least two hours since I had anything to eat and I’m having withdrawal symptoms.

Should I head for the buffet or order room service?

But all this over-indulgence on board our cruise ship Britannia will come at a cost.

A cost that will be revealed when I step on a set of scales upon our return to the UK.

Isn’t that what holidays are all about, though? Letting yourself go? Relaxing fully?

I made a pledge not to eat the same things as I’d eat at home. So full English most mornings. If not, croissant with ham and cheese.

Isn’t that what holidays are all about, though? Letting yourself go? Relaxing fully?

Curry for lunch, or maybe Thai, as they change the buffet menu daily.

Or maybe a burger or hot dog from the poolside grill?

In the evenings, well I don’t know where to begin.

Included in the price of the cruise are all meals in the ship’s three main restaurants and the buffet on deck 16.

Unfortunately for my waistline, there is also a plethora of other restaurants where you can dine, with a small cover charge included.

These meals could be in a Marco Pierre White or James Martin restaurant.

I’ve been to the gym once, but a trip to the ship’s launderette seems to be the place to get all the gossip.

Each floor has one and, interestingly enough, men are seen in them more than women. One man spent most of the afternoon ironing. Did he not want to see Tenerife?

As I write we’re docked in Funchal, the capital of Madeira.

What a stunning town and island. We had an overnight stay here, so many people dined out in the street restaurants, whilst we enjoyed a near-deserted ship.

We’ve now paid a visit to most of the Canary Islands and tonight we sail for Southampton, returning on Saturday morning.

In summary, this holiday has been so different for Sarah and I, having to look after a 14-month-old instead of doing whatever we please.

But I’m pleased to report we’ve managed admirably thanks to the 2am nursery on board!