I've cruised DCL 9 times, but for our cruise to Norway next year we decided to book on Serenade of the Seas because of price and timing (and to try something different). I'm feeling a little overwhelmed at the moment since I'm not sure what I need to do planning-wise. Has anyone cruised on this ship? What fun things are there to do on board? What do I need to do planning-wise? What is different from DCL that I should be prepared for? Help please!!! More specifically: Beverage package - no. I can't imagine we would drink enough to make it worth it Specialty Restaurant Package - I'm thinking no because I read these are not as good and DCL specialty restaurants so I don't see why we would spend the money. We choose to do my-time dining. I've been reading mention of getting tickets for shows??? Is this for every show or just certain ones? Can I pre-book the tickets? What should we do on sea days if the pool is too cold (Norway after all)? Will we be bored? We're thinking of staying on the Ship in Kristiansand too. Is the Welcome aboard show for new cruisers worth going to? Is this the only show at 7pm? Is there another show on Embarkation day at the usual time? Is there a show or some kind of entertainment every night? Do I call to prepay gratuities? I guess I need to call if I want transportation from the airport to the port? Do they add excursions as the sailing date gets closer? Looks like there are only a few options listed now? How early do I need to book these? Do they take our suitcases at the port and deliver them to our room? Are there any special activities I shouldn't miss? Anything I should pre-book? Are there formal nights? How many? Do people typically dress up at the main dining restaurant?