Most definitely a good choice. Surprisingly, noise is not an issue in the Atrium rooms - A portion of the window opens if you wish to hear the sounds of the promenade, but it is relatively quiet when closed. As for privacy, again -that is your choice - If you wish total privacy - keep the drapes closed. Even when open, however, as the Promenade is below you - people can see very little of you or your cabin (unless you are standing right against the window and they are looking up). I thought they were an awesome alternative to the standard inside cabin - Enjoy!