Having been on another Norwegian ship for 2007 New Year's eve cruise with friends, we decided to go on the Jade with our granddaughters. Although the places where the ship stopped were wonderful ... Istanbul,Izmir, Dubrovnik, Venice, Athens, Rome, Barcelona, the tours for those cities were not as carefully chosen. We had a problem with the "show" outing in Istanbul, the people there wanted us to sit behind a big pillar, where we would not have been able to see the show. They more or less told us we could sit there or leave. We left accompanied by our granddaughters and a couple of friends who were having the same problem. Half the room was empty but the people there told us they were held for "possible guests who would be coming" and not for cruise ship guests. We left and immediately infomed the ship's tour desk, and wrote a letter to Norwegian, and to date we have not heard a word from them as they take the attitude once off the ship, they are not responsible. In general the tours were outrageously expensive, probably because the euro was high against the dollar. The food in the main restaurants was good, though not exceptional, probably to push people to go to their other restaurants at a cost of $15,$20 or more. The shows on board were not great either. We liked our New Year's eve cruise, but this one is at best barely acceptable. We will await this New Year in Royal Caribbean's Jewel of the Seas.