I guess this is why people get confused. I'm still reading from your previous post that it's OK to remove the automatic, which would mean you can pay the individual personally -
"It is important to remember that passengers will be able to increase, decrease or remove the automatic gratuities at their discretion."
- Oh well, the best bet is to try communicating with the ship's staff. If it's still allowed, it would still be my preference to pay the person directly. Thanks for the info!