i have been on ten cruises, i always pay the cruiseline gratutites, i also give cash tips to the room stewarts, waiter and one or two assistant waiters and matrie de. i would like to use the tips i pay to the cruises line and give it to the peop;e who serve me directly.. i have seen post in the past that the tips are also given to\worker i dont see. if that is so to me it is like subsidizing there salaries so that the cruise line doesnt have to pay them a living wage. in a restaurant you dont tip the people who work in the kitchen or the porter who cleans up the restaturant in the morning. i would still give what i always give usuall in the 500 dollar range for a 7 day cruise, but as i have said i would like to give it directly to the workers who serve me directly..