Norwegian Jewel, like all of the Norwegian fleet, is built with families in mind. It offers amenities like interconnecting cabins, children's menus in the main dining rooms, a kids-only pool with a waterslide (though we saw adults in there) and two free kids clubs. Activities designed for the entire family to enjoy together are offered throughout the day.
Norwegian's Splashdown Academy Youth Center, located on Deck 12, is divided into four age groups: Guppies (6 months to 2 years, with a parent present), Turtles (ages 3 to 5), Seals (ages 6 to 9) and Dolphins (ages 10 to 12). Splashdown features an indoor play gym, a movie theater showing kids movies, a computer center with child-appropriate games, and an arts and crafts area.
The teen program, called Entourage Teen's Club, is for 13- to 17-year olds. Inside the club are a juice bar, gaming consoles and Club Underground, a New York subway-themed disco. Activities include gaming tournaments, disco nights, socials and movies.
Parents should be aware that the kids clubs are only free on sea days. On port days, there's a charge of $6 per child, per supervised meal provided. Depending on when the ship arrives into port, meals may include a combination of breakfast, lunch or dinner. On port days, children ages 3 to 12 are combined into one group for arrival into port or until departure or 6 p.m. (whichever comes first). Also, late-night baby-sitting (10:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.) is a fee-based group drop-off service for children ages 3 to 12. The fee is $6 per child, per hour, and $4 per additional sibling, per hour.