But as far as gratuities go - I have always paid them and much prefer it when they are just added to my onboard acct. I don't like the RCCL/Celebrity policy of making you have to approve the charge mid-cruise, because if you forget you have to get the cash and hand out envelopes. That was always a hassle and I am very happy to see that practice gone.
Donna - while you might prefer having them in the cruise fare, that would raise the price of cruises and the industry wants to avoid that at almost all costs right now. They still want the price of cruises to appear as low as possible - and in fact they are about as low as possible.