I doubt that you'll hear the anchor noise up on Empress. If you're BELOW the anchor deployment deck, you will hear all of that. Same with the noise of the sea hitting the hull. That's sometimes a problem with WAY forward cabins, on lower decks. Yes, you will feel a bit more motion on forward decks, regardless of which deck it is, but if you have no problem with motion sickness, I certainly wouldn't worry about it. I'd bet you'll enjoy your cabin! Have a GREAT one!