Originally Posted by ariawoman
So do you plan on finding the chefs, laundry personnel, assistants, etc to be able to tip them all what they normally would have gotten?
I think people seem to forget that the gratuities on a cruise aren't just for your stewards and your waiter in the MDR - they are for a ton of other people behind the scenes that you never meet.
What do you have against these people that you'd want to remove auto gratuities from your account?
If you want to tip on top of the auto, that's a whole other thing, but to short folks out of their portion just because you never see them working hard for you, seems wrong IMHO.
Very well put & dead right. I tend to think people who like giving little envelopes to "staff" have some sort of motive, I always find it embarrassing & prefer the auto method. We do give a little more in cash but don't make an issue of it.