I agree, I agree. I also was told the advantage of cruising HAL was tips were not required and even frowned upon it was part of the fare.
Now I have booked a cruise for my daughter and myself on a limited budget and am faced with being a cheapskate because I have not budgeted for tips.
I wish HAL would be honest enough up front to say tips are not required but if you want the staff to make a living you better tip. Then it puts them on the same level playing field that all other lines are on.
HAL may be the finest cruise line in the world but I am starting out with a bad taste in my mouth about them over the tipping issue.