My family will be cruising on the Pearl in December. We were on the Gem around 9 years ago but haven't cruised NCL since. I remember that when we arrived on board we were able to store our carry on bags in a designated area. Is that still available? Also were is a good place to sit down (besides the buffet which will be a madhouse I expect) and maybe get a drink or bite to eat while we wait to get into our staterooms? One last question...I adore Christmas and can't wait to see the decorations. Do they go all out for the holidays? TIA for any help!