Monique and I are going to try to prepay the gratuities on the Cruisline.com cruise in Jan 2018. But, the tips charged by the cruise line go right to general revenues for that particular cruise. I know they are supposed to be shared by all, but that system is not always fair to all. Now that is just to cost of cruising for us. I bring extra for the room steward, waiter or waitress and other folks we tend to meet and deal with.
When an employee of the cruise line, who deals with customer service, whether it be food service, liquor service or hospitality service, when they give you genuinely great service, they deserve and always get something extra,
Some cruise lines, while increasing the tip portion of the day to day bill, have given the cruiser the option of cancelling the tip. To me unless you got real and I mean really poor service this should not be an option.
So the short answer about tips is No it will not affect my tipping habits.