Just a quick note about the tips, you can have them removed by the purser, they come off your final account. I think that the service charge for TE wil b removed as she moves into her second full year out. It was originally introduced to control bookings, as they had the same cabin numbers booking for every lunch and dinner therefore denying other passengers the oppurtunity. As people start repeat cruising it will, i imagine settle down.
What do you mean this isn't how they eat onboard?
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