The wife and I usually leave the prepaid tipping on. Then at the end of the cruise, we tip extra to those we feel that went above and beyond there duties.On our last cruise on the Conquest, we had outstanding service ! No complants there at all.
Yes, you can have the automatic tipping removed, and request to tip the old fashion way. There is still alot of people that cruise that prefer to do it this way. They feel like its more on a personal level to them.