Cruise lines have mastered various way to steal the tips which are intended by passengers to compensate waiters and stateroom attendants. Carnival's P&O Cruises implemented a policy this year to withhold forwarding the tips paid by cruise passengers if the crew member's performance falls below a 92% rating as determined by management. Read Profits Over People: Carnival's Exploitation of Crew Members is Standard Industry Practice.
This is a real hardship because waiters and cabin attendants are paid a salary of only $50 a month and depend on tips to send money home to their families.
As you can see in the video below, a Royal Caribbean crew member alleges that the cruise line has devised a scheme to systematically divert money intended for the crew into the cruise line's coffers.
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February 20, 2013 Update: Royal Caribbean objected to the video, threatened the crew member who posted it, and was successful in taking the video down. So much for freedom of speech. Read our updated article: "Screw the Crew" Video: Banned By Royal Caribbean & YouTube!