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Old 07-31-2011, 10:41 AM
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Brian, the nice thing about pre-paying the gratuities is that the waiters and room stewards are not supposed to know that they've been paid in advance, except in the case of round robin dining. At the end of the cruise, the room stewards receive chits that they put in your room, that indicate that the tips have already been paid. It is supposed to keep service personnel doing their best work.