Removing gratuities

I know this can be done as its not legal to enforce you to pay gratuity. However, has anyone ever done this? I don't like giving money and not knowing where its going. I like to pay my own tips. Anyone else like this?

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I really don't think so. They would be tipped well directly so probably prefer it.

TIPS Means to insure prompt service. We tip all we have face to face service with. Cabin steward, table waiter, and favorite bar tender. We tip the luggage porter also. If we have our photo taken with a dancer, we tip her too. Word gets out and you get excellent service on your cruise. I live in Galveston, and I took 2 of our favorite tipped employees to a tour of Galveston, plus meal. Facebook friends for life.

surely we should already get prompt service? Tipping to me is a reward for good service.

If you remove the automatic gratuities, then any cash tips (other than at the bar) must be turned over by the receiver. In other words, if you remove the auto grats and tip your steward $20, then your steward must turn the $20 over to the purser. If you allow the auto grats to remain in place, the steward gets to keep the $20.

Sorry for the snarky response, you should have mentioned you were British.

‘Years ago we had all of the autograts removed, but it was the first time we had encountered them, ( it was a new concept ) and we asked for envelopes. Most of the time it seems people are just being cheap with the, they’ll never see me again, why should I tip them attitude. The term Ugly American was never more true than on a cruise ship.

the more I'm learning and reading, I would rather do the automatic gratuity.

Generally, I hate stereotypes, but I fully agree with this one.

Generally, it is easier to consider the Automatic Gratuities part of the fare rather than a tip. It is officially classified as "gratuity" by the Miami beancounters simply as a way to avoid taxes - both for the line and the crew.

If you leave this "service charge" in place, any additional tips you may wish to give will normally go straight to the intended target.

(EDIT: Hmm - meant to hit edit, not quote)

I don't think that's true for all lines.

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