First of all, please note the proper name is Jessie James cruises. (Editors, perhaps you can fix this listing?)
Jessie James cruises initially was going to close in 2010 as the captain had considered retirement. We heard in April that they changed their mind due to feedback from former clients and based on previous reviews on tripadvisor and other cruise-related sites we knew this was the outing we wanted to do.
I contacted them by e-mail and their responses were always prompt and cmplete. We put together a group of 14 from our cruise and informally "Chartered" their cruise for the morning of June 4, the final of our three days in Bermuda while on board a cruise ship. We were picked up right at the dockyard at our appointed time. After stowing our gear, we headed out.
After about 15 minutes of high-speed cruising, our first stop was near a few of the small unpopulated out-islands. Donned the gear and into the water. There were no currents here and it was a treat to be able to snorkel soooo close to the coral formations.
We were in the water about 35 minutes and off to see a purposefully-sunk ship where the bow was still above water. We stopped there and opened the glass-bottom doors. The captian and mates threw some fish food over the sides and watching the fish go into a frenzy over the food was a sight to behold and an incredible photo opportunity.
Next we headed to the outer reef - 5 miles out. It takes a very fast boat to make this trip on a half-day excursion. Here one of the mates went in with us and told us to follow and stay somewhat close. We snorkeled over two old shipwrecks. One was a boat carrying cement bags. The bags are still intact on the ocean's bottom. The other was a paddlewheel vessel and the boilers have coral growing all over them, the paddlewheel visible on the ocean's floor. This was so great. The mate leading us stopped 5 or 6 times to tell us what we were seeing in the water.
Finally back on the boat we moved to yet a third spot, further in on the reef (smaller waves here) that the captain called the aquarium. This was an area of coral hills and valleys underwater, ranging from 4-5 to 20 or 30 feet. Tons of fish and beautiful coral formations. After we had our fill we headed back to the dockyard going around right past our docked cruise ship.
All the crew were very personable and helpful. The captain really enjoys what he does and is dedicated to giving the guests a super experience.
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