I was aghast at the letter I received with my travel documents for my HAL cruise in July. The specific reason we chose HAL was because of the no-tipping-required policy. I'm furious that they've changed all that, and you can bet we'll be opting out of tipping, when we're already paying an arm and a leg for the cruise. I do like the gift-not-gratuity idea, though. Appreciate the insight I've gathered through this site.