Belive me I know exactly how America is. After visiting Jamicia I became curious about how Jamica got so poor, I did research watch a documentary etc, and found the answers very distrubing with our goverment setting up sweat shops and loaning the Jamican government money from the World Bank (google this) that they can never afford to pay the interest on! I am no flag waving moron here.
I see that our country has far to go, that why I voted for Change. But Cuba is interested in this as well, it was Fidel Castro who asked what he can do to improve relations. I also don't like to frequent shops where the cruise lines get kick backs, I'd much rather buy from some local vender, and tour with a local like I did in Mazatlan. I want my dollar to help the little guy not line the pockets of some cruise line executive. For that reason I perfer to tip in person on the cruise with envelops I had the people directly. I don't really trust leaving it up to the ship.