You're best bet would be on the main deck, in a category 6B outside room. The center of the ship, and the lower the better for less movement. Think of the ship as on a pendulum. More movement on each end. The Empress deck is nice, but with the photo lab and info desk and shore excursion desk located mid ship, there will be a better chance of noise and crowding. Check out our sister site, cruisereviews.com and read about the Sensation, and portreviews.com, for info on New Orleans and other ports you will be visiting. Being a native of south Louisiana, I can answer a lot of questions, as can other members on here. Hope this helps!