Norwegian Jade for Families
NCL's kids' program, Splash Academy, divides younger cruisers into four groups with age-appropriate pastimes: Guppies (6 months - 3 years, with parent), Turtles (3 - 5), Seals (6 - 9) and Dolphins (10 - 12). The teen (13 - 17) program is called Entourage.
The colorful children's facility on Jade, Tree Top Kids Center, is divided into areas based on activity and in some cases age range. There's a spacious cinema with a big screen for movie viewing and cushy beanbag chairs, an arts and crafts station, a long desk with several computers for gaming and learning (don't worry moms, no Internet access here), and even a naptime area. The Sapphire Kid's Pool features slides and a wading area. For teens, there's a surf-themed Wipeout Club with a touch-screen jukebox, gaming terminals, a juice bar (serving for-fee mocktinis and mocktails) and easy access to the arcade.
Both Splash Academy and Entourage feature a different theme every day, like pirates, space cowboys, jungle fever or circus, with activities that are tailored to each age group. Specific emphasis is placed on active offerings -- soccer, physical challenges -- through a partnership with The King's Foundation and Camps, a United Kingdom-based organization that provides sport and activity programs designed for kids. For teens, bowling tournaments, soccer challenges and dodge ball under the stars are just a few of the active offerings.
Creative arts are also emphasized. With a focus on theater and the arts, young cruisers have the chance to participate in puppet shows, mini improvisational acting classes and themed activities such as Superspy Mission Impossible and Desert Island Adventures.
Splash Academy also offers activities for cruisers under three and their parents, like sensory play classes that include baby art featuring organic art products. There are also events such as parent and baby "Rhyme Time," where a storyteller recites popular nursery rhymes featuring puppets, and "Motion in the Ocean," a parent and baby mini-workout.
Through a partnership with Hilario Productions Cirque du Jour, Jade (and fleetmates) feature family circus workshops teaching a variety of skills such as balancing feathers, juggling, plate spinning and even stilt walking.
During days in port, parents booked on excursions can leave tykes between the ages of 3 and 12 behind for supervised complimentary "Port Play" from arrival into port or 9 a.m. until departure from port or 5 p.m. (in both instances, whichever time is earlier). At night, group babysitting is available from 10 p.m. until 1 a.m. and there is also a "Late Night Fun Zone" from 10:30 p.m. until 1:30 a.m. "Port Play", group babysitting and the "Late Night Fun Zone" are all fee-based services; the costs for each program are $6 per hour and $4 per hour for siblings in the same family (charged to guests' onboard accounts).
Additional offerings for families to participate in together include cupcake decorating; pizza making; family game shows; Family Deck Party; and a special Family White Hot Party.