Redhead, There might have been a time where I stayed in "crummy airport hotels"
but not anymore. In my old age I've learned to enjoy some of the nicer things and Red Roof is not on that list.
Regardless of that, if service is provided and tipping is the custom, I will not be the one disguisng being cheap with a "change the system" arguement. I went into cruising understanding that tipping is the norm and simply consider it a very modest part of the cost of cruising. Same goes for restaurants, taxi, bellman, redcap, porter, room service waiter, parking attendents etc. If tipping is the custom, then tipping it is.