Norwegian Jade for Kids

Editor Rating:  4.0
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Norwegian Jade Ratings

  • Category
    Member
    Editor
  • Dining
    3.8
    4.0
  • Public Rooms
    4.1
    4.0
  • Cabins
    4.1
    3.5
  • Entertainment
    3.9
    5.0
  • Spa & Fitness
    3.8
    3.0
  • Family & Children
    3.3
    4.0
  • Shore Excursions
    3.5
    4.0
  • Enrichment
    3.3
    3.0
  • Service
    4.0
    5.0
  • Value-for-Money
    3.9
    4.0
Editor Rating
4.0
Member Rating
Why Choose Norwegian Jade?
  • Pros: Venues are spread evenly throughout the ship, limiting congestion
  • Cons: Standard cabins are a bit on the small side
  • Bottom Line: Recent refurbishments have the ship looking and feeling like new

Norwegian Jade for Families

Editor Rating
Families
4.0

Splash Academy is the collective name for Norwegian's kids clubs. The academy is broken down into four age groups for babies and kids: Guppies (6 months to 2 years), Turtles (3 to 5 years), Seals (6 to 9 years) and Dolphins (10 to 12 years). Teens, ages 13 to 17, have their own space, known as Entourage. All kids and teens facilities are located on Deck 12 midship.

Regular programming is free of charge, but there's a $6-per-child fee for supervision during meals (for kids ages 3 to 12). For parents needing some alone time, there are also late-night group activities available for kids from 10:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. at a cost of $6 per child, per hour, and $4 per hour for each additional child in the same family.

Kids

For babies, Guppies programming offers a play space that's open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. for parents to use with their little ones. Although parents must always be present, there are also staff-run activities scheduled at various times throughout each sailing. Those might include ball play, using building blocks and creating masterpieces with edible paints.

Although kids from ages 3 to 12 years share the same large, colorful space -- complete with tables and chairs, a movie viewing room and plenty of space to run around -- their activities are broken down to an age-appropriate level. Turtles might enjoy finger painting, board games and giant puzzles, while Seals might do themed arts and crafts or play video games. For the Dolphins, there are trivia, video games and sports.

Children 9 and younger must be signed in or out by a family member. Those ages 10 to 12 can sign themselves out after spending a minimum of two hours in the club and knowing where a parent is located.

Teens

Teens can come and go as they please from Entourage, which is staffed but much less structured than Splash Academy. Inside, they'll find plenty of alcoves to hang out in, as well as board games, foosball and TVs for watching movies and playing video games. Activities include Battle of the Sexes, dodgeball under the stars, charades, scavenger hunts and dance parties.

Between Splash Academy and Entourage is the ship's arcade, which charges keycards for each play. Gamers will find air hockey, racing games, first-person shooters and claw games where they can try to literally pick up prizes. Parents can limit their children's onboard spending by visiting the guest services desk.


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