Corkgirl, thank you for providing your perspective. I was hoping that one of our Members from Europe would weigh in. We often forget that different countries do things differently. It's just how things are.
One of my very-well traveled friends mentioned on another board that not only is tipping not customary in some countries, it can be taken as an insult in a few of them.
I wonder what other cruise lines do. Even if RCI institutes automatic gratuities, wouldn't there still be the option for guests to remove them?