Originally Posted by Mike M
As Kuki pointed out, many people think that it should be included in the cruise fare. I also believe it should be. However, I do know that this will increase the price of the cruise and that, rock bottom, seven day, $349 cruise fare will now be a $433 fare.
Here in Sweden the gratuity is always included in the fare when booking from the RCI website. I am not sure if it is possible to remove it but I don't think so.
It's probably good for the crew, as we are not used to the tipping system over here.