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.)
More than 300 days at sea so far with many more to come. (Actually more - one of these days I'll count them properly.)
Celebrity Solstice - Feb. 21/15 (moved out a year due to illness)
42 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.