Adam, this new feature was only added last January and phased in on most Carnival ships. As mentioned with alternative dining especially, a lot of wait staff were not getting their "fair share" of tips. Some people are different. The automatic charge of $9.75 per day per person takes care of your waiter and assistant waiter and your cabin steward. You are in complete control and have the option of going to the pursors desk and removing the entire charge, lowering a specific amount or increasing the amount. You can also extend additional cash gratuties to the members of the staff that you wish to show your appreciation too. It really has not affected service, so why not give it a try. You won't have to carry extra cash. You can pay it off when you pay your credit card bill also.