Chuck, having sailed the Norway several times, I had one of those cabins! I definitely think it was where the servants slept, when it was the ssFrance! One good thing, it flooded and they moved me to an outside, bigger cabin!!!
Funny thing, I just accepted that they moved me to a new cabin and that was the end of it, no big deal! Nowadays, you'd be reading about that on the "net" for months!!! :-)