I do not know if it is true or not...but I have read many times that if you tip your steward and waiters "the old fashioned way" it all goes into a pool (or in some cases the hot tub ) any way!
On one cruise we asked our room steward how they like the auto tipping & he said that they prefered it as they got more. Every one got their share. Whereas with the old way not every one tipped.
Seattle to Alaska and back to Seattle June 29th to July 13th with the Ducks
I like the auto tipping. It takes the guess work out of figuring out who I should tip, how much, etc. We also give a little something extra to those that go above and beyond average service.
Auto tip really comes in handy when we choose anytime dining. Since we often have different wait staff different nights I know they all are taken care of at the end of the cruise.
Crown Princess Southern 1/12
Ruby Princess Eastern 10/10
Carnival Fantasy Mexico 9/09
Emerald Princess Southern 10/08
Caribbean Princess Bahamas 5/08
Caribbean Princess Eastern 9/07
Caribbean Princess Western 10/06
Carnival Fantasy Bahamas 7/05
I don't mind auto-tipping at all. There's nothing that says I can't hand a steward/stewardess additional for excellent service. Some luxury lines have gone all-inclusive, including gratuties, where tipping is not expected and not permitted.
Mary Ann & Pucci
Love it - makes it one less thing I have to worry about! I also tip extra if they do a good job and I always let them know I have auto tipped!
Donna - dsw
I like it! It releives us of having to remember to set aside and portion out our cash. Plus we know that everyone, even the Lido staff et al, are now getting what they deserve. Some people were in the habit of stiffing the service personnel
Catalina 27 "Ku'uipo"
Lat 38.50 Lon 77.30
Done this always since my first cruise in September 2001.
I think everybody's tips should be included to the cruise price so you can't sneak without paying the tips.
Royal Caribbean Diamond Member.
My cruise/vacation and other photos:
I didn't care for it when it first came out. Especially since it was communicated that the tips were dispersed to other people behind the scenes. When opting out, they would try hard to talk people out of it. Now I don't mind it because I'm use to it.