What's "dirty" is that the cruise lines, including DCL, are not upfront about it in their advertising. They'll advertise a price with an asterisk. The fine print then says something along the lines of: * Government Taxes and Fees and excursions not included. Third, fourth and fifth Guest prices valid with two full fare Guests in the same stateroom. Rates in U.S. dollars. There's no indication that an "all inclusive" cruise really does not include service in the dining room and from the stateroom host/hostess. Yet the fine print specifically mentions "Government Taxes and Fees and excursions." Why in the world does the fine print mention excursions but not tips? Excursions really are optional, but tips are only optional if crew members are to go unpaid for the hard work they do. That's unfair to passengers (especially first-time passengers) and to the crew. Cruise lines need to be honest with passengers that, for all practical purposes, passengers pay those who serve them; the cruise line does not. Yes, if a first-time passenger takes all the time to read the online FAQs, they'll read about tipping. Even then, it's not clear that the tips are the server's income, not just a generous bonus on top of a living wage. And how many people read all the FAQs? For other passengers, the first time they learn about tipping is when they receive the cruise docs. Or, if they don't read the cruise docs thoroughly, they may not learn about tipping until they find the tip envelopes in their stateroom. I'm not saying that the present compensation system is bad. It can be beneficial to cruise lines (lower cost structure), passengers (excellent service), and crew members (opportunity to earn good money by the standards of their home countries). But I wonder how often crew members go untipped because passengers feel they already paid for service in their cruise fare?