There are often long debates on cruise forums about gratuities: how to pay them, why should they be paid, who should receive them, and so on. I came across this story on the BBC News site just now, about a traveller in the 1760s who was facing the same issues when making overnight stops at inns. Here’s a quote:
Let the landlords pay their servants sufficient wages and at the bottom of the bill write Attendance, leaving a blank for the person to give what he pleases. For every traveller would prefer the method of having one person to pay.
Not a lot has changed in 250 years!