The autotipping is talked about in your ticket contract I'm sure, and there are two ways:
1) prepaid tipping, where you pay everything in advance with your ticket.
2) Autotipping, where it is charged to your Sail and Sign account, which you can adjust or remove at your discretion. I always keep the autotip then tip cash on top of that.
Holiday 5-day Western Caribbean
Liberty 8 day Western
Sales taxes, excise taxes, luxury taxes are also hidden costs.
Have you written your congressman yet to have them refunded?
Tip are wages? Of course they are.
The IRS forces waiters to pay income taxes on tips.
If tips are not wages, they shouldn`t have to pay taxes, right?
Why not add the gratuities to the price of the cruise upfront?
For the same reasons that restaurants and taxi companies do not.
It makes the product appear more expensive - and removes the incentive for service staff to try to earn more money in tips by providing better service.
Another issue: If the service charge is added into the overall cruise price, the cruise line needs to pay a higher commission to the travel agent, forcing them to raise the price of the cruise even higher.