Hi there. yes it is possible to opt out. you will need to go to the pursers desk once on board and request the opt out. It is a very easy and straight forward process. Please note, don't leave it until the final day of your voyage as your bill is often already finalised. Hope this helps.
We opted out of automatic gratuities on board Grand Princess last year. There was no problem - just went to The Pursers Desk on day one. We were by no means the only ones to do this!
I am sorry but I do not understand why would anyone want to opt out? why not leave it its then sorted, miffed.
Tipping is given for providing a good service, not subsidising people's wages, which is what is happening now, supported by people like you.
Come on be truthful, that’s just a way of cutting down on how much you give, we have heard it all before "we give it to those who deserve" yes £10 to the maid big deal and then not go to the main dining on the final night. You can see all the empty seats and the cheapskates that dodge. Most people give £68 for the group to be spread out. No wonder the English have a name for being tight. Go back to butlins.
There's no need to be offensive!
Yes your quite right I was over the top, I apologise. But the comment by Whitlam (above) wound me "supported by people like you" Yes very sorry.
Sorry, but we have been told by our waiters that they prefer the tips to be given directly to them.
I only answered your question," Why would anyone opt out" I take offence to your answer.
We have only cruised with Princess so far and have opted out as we prefer to tip who we wish personally. It's not right that we should subsidise people's wages, as reading in some cruise brochures actually states! For us, a cruise is a luxury that we've worked hard to afford, and the extra is too much. Being tight isn't in it, it's what you can afford. So you should have the choice to tip as you wish.