Strangely enough DeeDee I have travelled a bit and can recognise an American accent when I hear it! The fact that they were all off our ship and thus known to me might also be of some use in recognising their origin. It appears that you have never been to Europe so, to put your mind at rest, it is quite common over here to tip maybe not at the rates you choose or are forced into if my recent visit to Miami is anything to go by. I am not American bashing and am not aware that these boards have some form of this or are you reading something I haven't. Climb back into your pram for the love of whatever your belief is!