Maid Of The Mist Is Back for the Season

May 4, 2011 Updated May 4, 2011 at 7:25 PM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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May 4, 2011 Updated May 4, 2011 at 7:25 PM EDT

Niagara Falls is a sight to see and Wednesday was the first day tourist like Irryna Proskunina and her daughter Ella from the Ukraine, could see the wonder of the world from a different angle.

"We are looking forward to going on the tour called the Maid of the Mist," Proskunina said.

Hundreds of people lined up and boarded ship for the Maid of the Mists first day of the season.

"We got a little bit of a late start this year because of the ice on Lake Erie and the ice boom at the base of the river," Andrew Messer with the Maid of the Mist said.

Everything began right on time for opening day, as First Mate Mark Keith steered the boat into the heart of the falls.

"Lots of people get nervous and hold on the to the railing but most are smiling and laughing. Some are praying to the Gods of Niagara, rejoicing over the sounds of the falls," Keith said.

Keith steers the boat just 100 yards away from the base of the falls. Not only do the passengers see the sights and hear the sounds but they also feel the Niagara spray, especially if the wind is right.

"It was fantastic. Better than expected," Proskunina said.

Messer said the Niagara Falls never loses its power.

"I've been here for years, live in the Falls. You never get tired of the view. It's different all the time and it's just a thrill to be a part of it. Especially, when you go around the American Falls then you get you the Horseshoe Falls there is nothing more powerful then what you see then," Messer said.