I've heard about this too and it makes me mad! :evil:
I'm not against tipping but do not like to be told what tot tip and have it taken out of my account without my say so. I prefer to tip as I see fit, depending on the service I receive.
If they say it is to make life simpler and to allow them to share the tips out across the whole of the ship's crew then why not place a single envelope in each cabin at the end of the cruise and ask passengers to drop it off at the purserís desk on the last night. That way they can still share it all out and the amount remains at the discursion of the passenger, after they have had the service.
Use the poll to let us know what your preference is.