The first time I remember riding on a boat I was very young, about seven or eight years of age.
It was on the Manhattan Circle-Liner I rode with a group of family members.
They had come up to visit from Virginia. They wanted to tour around the New York City waters to see the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State building, and other attractions.
During childhood I also visited Hershey Park in Hershey, Pennsylvania where I rode numerous water-rides all day. The fun I had! I loved water-rides back then.
I have been on boats a few times as an adult. There is no excitement to it unless I feel myself moving on the vessel.
At the age of sixteen I was bored as can be down inside the Staten Island Ferry as I rode with friends while we hung out in Manhattan on Independence Day.
My friends at the time and I were chaperoned by an adult.
We all came to see the fireworks that year in the early nineties. We walked the streets of Manhattan enjoying ourselves until one or two in the morning.
It was not until I came up to the top outside of the Staten Island Ferry that I was able to feel the boat as it swiftly moved upon the waters.
We rode the Ferry just for entertainment that night. Years later, the guy who chaperoned us (a longtime family friend) took me into Staten Island by driving on the Verrazano Bridge when I was in my early twenties.
There was a CruiseShip planned for a family reunion years ago, I did not attend that gathering, though.