Thursday, Apr 29, at 9 a.m., will make history in Niagara Falls when the James V. Glynn and Nikola Tesla set sail to commence the Maid of the Mist’s 2021 season. The reason is that the all-electric, emission-free vessels, are the only ones of their kind in the United States, ferrying guests to the base of the American and Horseshoe falls, providing them with an experience unequaled.

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 According to WIVB-TV American Ship Review and Marine News, two leading maritime publications, both named the new vessels “Ship of the Year” for 2021.

“This promises to be another memorable year for our guests,” said Maid of the Mist President Christopher M. Glynn. “This will be the first full season for our new vessels which move silently, taking people closer to nature. You can hear the birds; you can hear the falls without any engine noise. It is a new and thrilling experience.”

The lithium-ion batteries are recharged in seven minutes between tours while the vessels are docked.

“We literally plug them in,” Glynn said. “I think people will find that process fascinating to watch.”

In what promises to be a new experience on the voyage, available only on Maid of the Mist, comes on the return trip from the Horseshoe falls when the vessel stops in front of the American falls and completes a 360-degree revolution, a maneuver made possible through the bow thruster propulsion system.

Maid of the Mist tours will operate at reduced capacity due to COVID-19 Protocols. The Maid of the Mist Density Reduction Plan, which is extensive in its approach to health and safety, first implemented in June 2020, will remain in place.

It includes:

  • Visitors will be required to wear a face-covering as a condition of admission.
  • Before arriving at the ticketing, guests will be required to orderly remain six feet apart unless they are with household members.
  •  Only one party at a time permitted to approach ticket booths. Hand sanitizer will be available for visitors.
  • Countertops and credit card keypads will be sanitized after each transaction.
  • All hand railings and visitor touchpoints will be sanitized on a regular basis.

Since 1846 Maid of the Mist vessels powered, have carried millions of passengers to the base of Niagara Falls for an up-close view of one of the wonders of the world.

Maid of the Mist is the longest continuously running tourist attraction in North America, operating out of Niagara Falls State Park, the oldest state park in the U.S.

Guests are encouraged to purchase tickets online at

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