I could have written Mike's post. It is exactly how I feel about it. Royal Caribbean is the most bizarre of all mainstream lines with this topic. You'd think that pre-paying gratuities or filling out the form to add them to your onboard account would make it easier, but no, you still get the little paper vouchers and envelopes that you are expected to hand out with a flourish. I have to ask that if I didn't give the waiter his tip voucher, does that mean he doesn't get the money and RCI keeps it? I doubt it. But having the envelope and stuffing some play money in it can play on an American's mind (or a person from Macao) and perhaps entice him to put some greenbacks in there too to make it look proper.