If my memory serves me right there was a survey in St. Thomas of crew members. Many, especially the waiters, busboys,etc...made enough to send home to buy property, send their children to private schools. Figure it out...what the normal tip is for a waiter who probably has a half a dozen tables each week..The people who were underpaid were the ones behind the scenes, the cooks, dishwashers, engine people, etc. etc. Some I've met recently, especially from Europe tell that they are worried about the economy in their country and find this is a place to see the world, meet new friends and learn english and make money. The experiment NCL did with an all-American crew was a disaster.