Peter, I agree that it would be nice if tipping were not required. However, I feel that if the lines paid their employees the cost of the tips, that the overall price of the cruise would increase more than adding the tips to the cost we pay now. Also, service would probably suffer to some degree.
Also, welcome to the gripe board! I see that you have been busy here recently. Just watch our for David and Thomas. They can be real buggers. I, on the other hand, post her just to stir things up.