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I have never had the auto tipping removed even when service was not so good. In the old days when we gave the envelopes I had not tipped the MDR staff after poor food and worse service (insulting maitre d' and head waiter getting the maitre d' when I asked that he not do so) where I ended up in the buffet every night except for formal night.
On most cruises with the auto tipping I do slip extra cash to the cabin steward and tell them this does not go into the tip fund it is just for them. I sometimes do it at the beginning of the cruise if I have any special request like getting and keeping my ice bucket filled.
Most of the staff is underpaid and works very hard and keeps a cheerful smile and hello every time they see you, slip them a few extra dollars, if you can afford to be on a ship they certainly need it more then you do.