I prefer the Lido deck, as it is close to the pools and buffet without taking an elevator. Traveling with my wife, daughter and granddaughter made this very convenient. I did not experience excessive noise, but there were over 200 under 12 aged kids on board, so dead silence was not expected. Laundry is on the port side, just a few steps from our #10240 and #10236 cabins. Our balcony staterooms were adjoining, and we enjoyed the expanded balcony space that arrangement provided, once the partition is folded back. Cabins are quite spacious, with carpeted floors, comfortable bathroom and tons of storage. As my granddaughter observed, "it's like our own little appartment."