I agree with you 150%. The cruise lines should pay a decent wage.Especialy since they have raised the rates as high as high as they have.I will avoid all cruise line with the auto gratuity. I have tried it, and every time have been disapointed in the service.It is a socialist way of doing things. You see some do a good job while others stand around. But yet they all get the same tips.Doesn't make sense for any one other than the cruise lines. If they really want to go this way raise the wages for the employees and make the cruise all inclusive.That would work for all involved except the cruise line would have to be more competitive.J M H O.