Personally, I like the new policies that automatically adds tips to your bill. That way, everybody gets a little supplement to their low wages. The amount isn't outrageous, but complaints from passengers to the ship's purser about the charges were! I usually give an additional amount to members of the ship's crew who made our voyage a little more special - the Maitre'd who remembered our seating preferences, the room steward who brought us a new tube of toothpaste when she noticed ours was running low (and wouldn't accept reimbursement!), and the waiter who entertained us with magic tricks at mealtimes. I just hope they weren't forced to pool those additional gratuities with the rest of the crew at the end of our cruise - they earned it!