JUST FYI, the automatic tipping policy WILL NOT be removed by the QM2 pursers office. The only way they are able to remove the "service charge" is if you have made prior arrangements. I really appreciated it being added to my bill because of the number of dining venue's. I would have spent days trying to tip everyone had I done it myself. I felt that it was deserved. But then again we didn't encounter bad service in the restaurants.
But don't you realize that you don't have to accept Cunard's new automatic tipping?? Everyone is free to tell the Pursers Office to remove the prepaid gratuities from the shipboard accounts and then tip in cash as they see fit. The prepaids have only been done as a courtesy for those who are uncomfortable with the whole tipping process.