I had a cabin in the same area of another ship. Very little foot traffic since it's near the end of the hall. We could hear the waves hitting the bow some nights but didn't feel any more motion than usual.
Didn't hear anything from the Theater since it is a couple of decks further down. We also didn't hear the Anchor chain that everyone talks about. The Empress deck must be too high for that.
A long way from the aft dinning room that we were assigned to.
The staff on the floor was really good. I guess a lot of them are assigned to the suites and had been around a while. Multiple cabin stewards and their assistants greeted us by name when meeting us in the hall.
Overall I would readily book a cabin in the same area again.
2012 Carnival Destiny
2011 Carnival Splendor
2011 Carnival Pride
2010 Carnival Legend (w/ Hurricane Paula)
2010 Carnival Imagination
2009 Carnival Valor
2008 Carnival Freedom
2008 Carnival Facination
2007 Carnival Triumph
2006 Carnival Miracle
2005 Carnival Victory
2002 Carnival Imagination