Respectfully disagree with the anchor chain noise argument? You hear this used as reason to stay away from the bow location cabins quite often. Maybe I'm going deaf but I contend, in fact, you have to work hard at hearing the anchor chain in the morning? My gosh, one would think they drop it "every" morning, even when we are at a pier. In my opinion, nothing but a myth.
But really, even if it is heard, how often does the average cruise involve tender ports? Not that often. Actually, I prefer cabins forward of midship for a number of reasons. So our cabins are almost always the forward ones, the least of our concerns is hearing the anchor rode play out. The last cruise, a month ago, we were on the Regal Princess in a cabin as far forward as you can get, directly over the bridge, and I had a very hard time hearing the anchor during the rare occasions we dropped it.
If one wants to make an argument in this regard, the bow thrusters make a lot more noise. Same goes for the stern thrusters. Actually, some think the thruster noise is anchor chain noise. But even then, even before the anchor goes down, they are making the tenders ready, winches, cables etc. are making the most racket as the tenders begin to deploy and these noises are located more midship, yes, they stick those tenders out away from the hull even before the anchor lets go.
Furthermore, when they drop the hook at tender ports, it usually occurs after 8:00 AM , if I'm still cutting zzzs at that time, somebody please shoot me.