We slept in for a bit. I called the front desk to find out what time we had to check out. I was pleasantly surprised to hear NOON! That was great. We left our bags in the room and headed off to the other restaurant that the concierge has mentioned for breakfast. Elephant & Castle. It was less than a 5 minute walk from the hotel. It was a cute pub style establishment, but very clean. We had a nice hearty breakfast there. I was looking through their dinner menu and decided that we should have eaten dinner there the previous night. Lots of yummy dishes. I would have ordered the Shepherd’s Pie. Service was good, food was good, and our son cooperated!! I could not ask for anything more.
Back to the hotel we went. Gathered up our bags. Check out. Hopped in a cab to the port. Upon arrival to the port I kept thinking, “Wow, this is really industrial!” We unloaded our bags and I began to search for a place to get luggage tags. Now I am going to step away from my review for a moment to tell you a little bit about what happened the week leading up to our cruise. Yes, it’s related.
Exactly one week before the cruise my Crown & Anchor account was deleted. I was able to get it straightened out. If you’re interested in the details you can view my panic post here: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2107793
Then four days before the cruise I received a call from Royal offering me a complimentary upgrade. We were originally booked in a Cat G Oceanview. 3606. They offered E3. 7646. I checked a deck plan and accepted it. There were staterooms above us, no big deal. Yay. Happy news. An hour or two later I get a call from Royal stating that if I do not pay my $700 balance by 5pm my reservation will be cancelled. I freak out. After an hour on the phone, they fixed the problem. The person who upgraded us must have made a mistake. Thankfully the reservation was noted with the info and we still had the free upgrade.
Now at this point I did not have luggage tags for the new room. My docs/set sail pass updated with the new room, but not the tags. No biggie. We’d do it at the port. hahaha. Silly me thinking this would be no problem!