On our last cruise, tips were added to our charge card. We liked it because it meant we had to carry less cash. We've always found the service to be exceptional on every cruise we've taken and we've always tipped more than the suggested amount. On this last cruise, at the end, we just handed additional cash to our waiters and room steward and others who'd made our cruise wonderful.
I understand the theory of pooling the tips for those individuals behind the scenes who would not be tipped. I question whether our waiters and room steward had to turn in the extra cash to the pool. I hope not because it was our intention for them to keep the money.
I've heard of others who pass out cash during the week and I'm wondering if this might be better and more likely to stay with the ones you want to receive it.
I think your weather will be in the low to mid eighties and sunny most of the time.
You are going to have the time of your life!