We just returned yesterday from a 7 day cruise on the Liberty. I have in front of me my Sail & Sign Statement. The only service charges I had were the upfront "Service Gratuity" charges of $70 per passenger ($10.00 per day). CCL says it is distributed as follows:
$ 3.50 Per Day Stateroom Services
$ 5.50 Per Day Dining Room Services
$ 1.00 Per Day Alternative Services: distributed to other kitchen and hotel service staff
There were two folks servicing our room: the room steward and an assistant.
We had a main waiter and an assistant.
I didn't see any of my wait staff on the Lido deck. Most of what I saw were very friendly staff cleaning tables, bringing coffee and juices and helping disadvantaged folks in wheelchairs and with walkers.
So I don't understand what all the fuss is about, If joecru has a problem with the $7 dollars and how it is destributed, he can go directly to the pursor, have the charges removed and pay the staff directly what ever he wants to.
Guess I am just a little simple.