Originally posted by cckids:
Here is a suggestion as soon as you get on the ship have the tips removed from your sign and sail card. I prefer to give the room steward $10 on the first day and let him know immediately that you would like to always have ice in your room and a specific amount of glasses.
cckids, if the original poster pre-paid their gratuities, they cannot have them taken off the sign and sail card, since it will not be on the card as a charge. They should receive a note in their cabin stating that their gratuities have been prepaid. They are free to leave additional tips to those who go beyond their expectations though.