We do not do auto-pay for gratuities. Yes, we remove them at the beginning and then decide if they should go back or any changes we need to make.
We have never not given gratuities in the end but we have "re-adjusted" them and only once have we given a gratuity to the head waiter (or whatever title he has.)
Dec. 13 - Windstar sailing yacht. Wonderful!!
Just completed - Celebrity Reflection, Nov. 22 (learning to sail solo) followed by Independence of the Seas Nov. 30.
44 cruises - too many to list however cruiselines are in no particular order:
and some unknown tub
Yes, I'm a Royal Chump and proud of it.