As for the tip increase - don't think $3.50 for a 7 day cruise will kill anyone. Funny thing is, the same ones who'll complain about this will blow tons of $ in the casino or on excursions. Most of the staff work 7 days a week and I don't think the cruise line pays much of a salary so most of their income is from gratuities. Maybe I'm biased as I work in the food service industry. As the Food Lion lion says - that's just my 2 cents.