Bob, It is not "standard" in Canada, it may occur in a very few places, but, it is NOT standard. In fact it would be considered very unusaul, and most likely in only a very upscale resort, but then , in the nicer places here the staff is paid respectalbly.
I am aware of the tipping on ships, don't bother preaching to the converted, I just don't happen to think it makes sense in all cases. ( the 15% for opening a beer is one of them, especially when it is not even served to you by a waiter) .
Oursoonerfan, yeah I've heard your harp before. This is a gripe board, we don't all have to agree with you do we? We all know about more expensive lines, and we are not even travel agents. Amazing.