The next time I am involved in a price negotiation, sitting across from a cusomter, PLEASE, PLEASE do not side with my customer!
I enjoyed your "rant"...as Dennis Miller would say.
But! (isn't life a never ending series of "buts"?)
I have been cruising since 1973, taken 41 cruises, the reality is that the "TIP" is truly mislabeled. The fact of the matter is that it is an unpaid portion of your cruise cost. You may be right in that it is mislabeled and that you are not obligated, but there is a wee bit of an obligation to provide the TIP.
But I truly did enjoy your commentary