The two-level Stardust Theater, with playful jester masks decorating the walls, is the main venue for Vegas- and Broadway-style reviews. The entertainment options range from the standard cabaret or song and dance review to the more offbeat ("The Sound of Music" sing-along) to the really out there (interpretive dance set to the sounds of Frank Sinatra).
There's a variable 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. show nightly, with one comedy/variety act and one more standard Broadway or Vegas revue.
One of the most enjoyable experiences is the crew variety show, held on the final evening. Performances ranged from traditional Indian dance to renditions of Bon Jovi's "Bed of Roses." The talent was impressive, and the tryouts are apparently very competitive -- the cruise director tells me only the best of the best are selected to perform in front of cruisers.
High atop the ship, overlooking the bridge, forward, is the secondary showroom, Spinnaker Lounge. The venue serves different purposes throughout the day. For instance, during the afternoon, passenger participation games, like the Newlywed, Not-So-Newlywed game, take place. At night, The Second City troupe, which features a mixture of crowd-influenced improv comedy, lounge music, and other cabaret act hold forth. A DJ spins tunes into the wee hours.
Jade also hosts a pair of themed parties. There's the Monte Carlo casino party, with its show girls in feathered hats, and the White Hot Party, a danceathon where a large number of passengers clad in white spazz about to some bass-heavy joints.
Other onboard activities run the gamut from trivia in the atrium and three-on-three b-ball tournaments up on the sports court to informal chess, checkers, cards and Scrabble in the Card Room on Deck 12.
If you want your own spot for entertainment, the Medusa Cabaret Lounge -- a loud looking venue with blazing orange fire flower sculptures -- is outfitted with three private "Whatever" rooms (complete with curtains). Inside you'll find seating, a huge flat-screen TV, a phone for dialing in your bar orders, as well as Nintendo Wii and a karaoke setup. All the necessary goods are locked behind glass doors, so you'll have to request a key from the bartender. And if the demand is high for the rooms, you may be held to an hour or so (it makes more sense to invite the waiting group to join you). NCL is also trying to discourage the drawing of the curtains, because, well, the game playing might transcend the virtual.
Music is found throughout the vessel, with a more toned down "San Tropez" style poolside crooner and a packed jazz night in the Aloha atrium -- with plenty of guests tappin' and boppin' along to oldies standards.
Norwegian Jade's Jade Club Casino lets you double down with slots, black jack, roulette, craps, and the first at-sea Texas Hold 'Em cash game ($60 minimum buy-in; $200 maximum). There are also at least two tables using euros.