I went for my first cruise for Christmas and was anticipating only tipping the sugested amounts that Royal Caribbean sets. Let me tell you, by the end of the 4 days, I could not, in good conscience, tip so little to the waiter and assistant waiter, who spoiled us rotten and who we saw work so hard. In fact, the second day of the cruise, I knew that whatever cash I had left, I would put it to their tips. I bought very few souvineers and gambled very little in order to save for their tips. I tipped the room steward extra because it was the holidays and had we called upon her for assistance, we would have tipped more, we never were in need of anything, she took good care of us anyway, so tipping extra was a pleasure. These folks on the ships depend on our tips to provide for their families, some will say that is their choice, but when you see how hard they work, it is hard to NOT tip more,that is the way I see it.