Sorry, Frank. I wasn't responding to you. I'm still rather new on these boards and don't always answer in the correct order.
I agree that tips SHOULD go to the person they are given to. But in the real world there are way too many who stiff. I've heard that the crew likes the new policy because they are actually receiving a higher percentaged of tips because of course most people don't delete the automatic tips. As someone mentioned, the cruise line is not doing this to alienate it's crew. They are doing it in an effort to help the crew.