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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Every time we travel to a foreign country I read up on their tipping customs... as an American I am used to taking a couple hundred dollars in small bills to the Caribbean all inclusives and slipping a bartender $5, my bell boy $20... why? Cause they will remember me and give me better service. I only recently started travelling to Europe- and it is great that some European countries pay their wait staff a decent wage where they don't have to rely on tips... but I still tip about 20% if they have been a good waiter- its just what I am used to. Recently we started cruising... I have one under my belt and 4 more booked. The concept of auto gratuities is new to me- but for about $13 a day- it doesn't seem like a bad deal. I think it just boils down to the cost of vacationing. Now, the drink packages... that's what I can't fathom paying, lol. Lucky for me I'm not a big drinker... and I just buy a beverage if I want one. 

Our steward on Vista had an assistant! We hardly ever saw him, though. 

We always leave our auto tips and even tip extra for our room steward, dining staff, and our favorite bartenders. Our cruise on the Conquest in October had an assistant, but we rarely saw him.

Nope. I leave the tips as they are and will tip individuals if the service is outstanding.

Maybe you forget about cruising and go to your boss and demand they cut your salary. 

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