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Personally, I think the cruise lines should stop being cheap, and just pay their staff more instead of relying on guests to pay their salary. They should just incorporate staff pay into the cruise fare. I can understand gratuities for bar staff when you buy a drink, but as far as your stateroom steward, and dining staff, it should all be automatically included in the price, and just allow guests to tip cash if they feel their steward/dining staff deserve a tip above what they are already paid. it makes it impossible for guests to remove any charges, and gives the staff a reason to work harder for an extra cash tip. I feel auto gratuities make some staff members become lazy since they already know they are getting their tip. You dont pay to have your hotel room cleaned, so why should we pay our steward? As far as dining, you are not paying for your meals, so why should we have to pay gratuity? Id much rather have the ruise staff paid a salary, and allow guests to tip on top of their salary, if they feel they did a good job. Just my 2 cents.