my experience on the rotterdam, nov. 04, panama canal. i had no problem with the automatic tip, since i had been used to tipping more in the past. i did tender additional tips to the room steward, waiter and to a couple of guys serving on the lido because their service was so very good. i asked each of these people if they would have to pool the extra money i gave them, and they said 'no.' when all was said and done, i came out tipping about the same amount i have on my past ten hal cruises. i just don't think it is a confusing or major issue.