The local ta's, in brick and mortar are disappearing and speaking to someone many miles away, is how I have done it for most of my cruising history now.
Many times, your requrest can be included into an exisiting group the ta has on their books,and you can benefit from the perks that group gets.
As Mike described that paid gratuities a a wonderful perk, as is the free travel insurance, but the free tipping, is a pricier perk.
Trip, with her book & tea!
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