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“The absolute BEST snorkeling excursion we have ever done”
Review of Jessie James Cruises - CLOSED

Jessie James Cruises
Reviewed 1 July 2010

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.

12  Thank startraindd
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Reviewed 29 August 2009

There's not much more to add to the other reviewers' comments. It was the highlight of our Bermuda cruise. He takes you out in a small group, makes sure you are very safe, gives a bit of Bermuda history in the process. It was our first time snorkeling and it was awesome. I would highly recommend booking with Jesse James Cruises. You won't regret it.

4  Thank Cheryl C
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Reviewed 2 July 2009

I have never snorkeled before and loved it, thanks to our Jesse James Cruise. The trip took us to 3 locations to snorkel, the first stop being in waist deep water so we could get the hang of it. Then on to two ship wrecks (side by side) and a lovely underwater garden full of purple fans and tropical fish. The cost was $65 per person for 3 hours and well worth it. We had clean equipment and felt safe. It was really fun and I would do it again without hesitation.

4  Thank threetots
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Reviewed 19 October 2008

Three snorkeling locations plus a glass-bottom excursion in three hours. This was my wife and my first snorkeling experience, and it was terrific.

James, his first mate Dominic, and his extra crewman Kareem were informative, friendly, and funny. They also happen to have a fast boat (it used to be a U.S. Coast Guard boat), so got us to the locations quickly. As part of the cost of the excursion, snorkeling gear is provided. They also have life jackets for non-swimmers and noodles for weaker swimmers. Other amenities on the boat are a bathroom and the availability of beer, soda, and water.

First, we did a beginner's lap around an island. The shallow beach area was perfect for my wife and I to get used to the gear. After a couple of mouthfuls of very salty water, we were OK. Even though this was only a beginner's swim, we still saw a lot of coral (brain, fan, etc) and colorful fish (parrot fish, bream, groupers, and maybe even a barracuda).

Then, we went to a short glass-bottom excursion around a sunken iron ship. They feed the fish, which school around the boat, and can be seen clearly all around the boat and through the glass bottom.

The second snorkeling excursion was in about 18 ft of water around two sunken wrecks. One of guides came into the water with us, to give us a loosely guided tour. He indicated the ships' paddle wheels, stacks, and other details. We swam through several schools of small jellyfish and, again, saw many corals and fish.

The last snorkeling excursion was in about 8 ft of water, where the corals and fish were practically within an arm's reach of the surface. We had gotten the hang of snorkeling by this time, and were able to look for more details in the fish and coral.

Overall, this was the highlight of our trip to Bermuda, and money well-spent ($65/each). We would definitely take this tour again.

8  Thank somervillite
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