We have taken two cruises, one on the Riviera Deck, which is always Deck 1 on Carnival ships, and one on the Verandah Deck, Deck 8. The Riviera was so quiet. We never had problems with noise. We were near the middle, slightly aft. But for our cruise last month, we were on Deck 8, with the Lido deck just above us. I don't recommend this deck at all. There is activity on the Lido into the wee hours and you can hear walking, moving chairs, carts rolling, etc. etc. We have small children and had to turn in fairly early, so I had to purchase ear plugs (for $12.00) in the gift shop just to get some sleep. We paid a lot more for the balcony, but were wishing we had just booked the Riviera Deck again.