We are also booked in Category 5A on the Spirit (March 3, 2002.) I am anxious to hear the answers to some of your questions. However, I have seen a picture of the cabin and can tell you that the view is completely (or almost completely) obstructed by the lifeboats. Nobody walks by the French doors; the lifeboat is lowered one deck for boarding. Your cabin (and ours) shouldn't be noisy due to the Promenade Deck; it has to be kept clear in case of an emergency, so there are no deck chairs on it. We realize that we won't be able to see the ocean, but look forward to listening to it at night.
When are you sailing?