I've read the latest where some cruiselines are charging tips to your Supercharge card. I'm a first time cruiser and do plan to tip. My question is what happens if you don't tip at the end of the cruise? I could play dumb and act like I didn't know. I do know because I've been surfing the net the last 6 months. If I would have just booked a cruise on line through say cruise411.com, I would not have been aware of the tipping. Are their signs posted on the cruiseships recommending tips and how much? I'm sure there are some first time cruisers who are not aware of this tipping. When I first learned about tipping, it kind of rubbed me the wrong way because of all the money I've already spent for the cruise. My husbands a big tipper, so tipping isn't going to be an issue, but what about the folks who honestly didn't know? My travel agent hasn't mentioned it yet.
Tipping is generally discussed in all the cruise line brochures. But in case anyone misses it there, it's mentioned a number of times and places during the cruise. Both verbally and with written word.
With some of the cruise lines changing their policies it will no doubt have to be explained better up front, both by TAs and cruise lines.
In North America at least, in the service industry tipping is accepted as the norm. I'd guess that's where the cruise industry got the idea <g>