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The Steamship Authority - Martha's Vineyard

1 Railroad Ave, Woods Hole, Falmouth, MA 02543-1021
+1 508-477-8600
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Great crossing even in very choppy seas

We arrived a couple hours early and the Steamship was able to get us on the next ferry. They run... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
jer b
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Bristol, Connecticut
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Beats Swimming!

Great way to get to Martha's Vineyard by car or on foot. Reservations can (& SHOULD) be made ahead... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
NsMommy
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Massachusetts
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Serving over 2 million travelers to Martha's Vineyard, the Steamship Authority is the largest ferry provider on Cape Cod, offering the lowest fares, the most departures and year-round service for passengers, vehicles and trucks. We offer off-site parking and free shuttle service to our Woods Hole terminal. Check our mobile site for current parking and trip status. Whether you come for a day, or a longer stay, the Steamship Authority is the Way to Go with our spacious ships, the most frequent daily departures, and U.S. Coast Guard-certified crews to get you there safely. From the moment you step on board, you'll have that vacation feeling. Sit outdoors for the sea breezes and spectacular ocean views, or find cozy, comfortable seating indoors. For your enjoyment, our snack bars offer beverages including beer, wine and mixed drinks, as well as hot and cold menu items. Pets are welcome to travel with you in designated areas on-board. The seven mile trip from Woods Hole to beautiful Martha's Vineyard takes just 45 minutes. And you have your choice of two ports for your arrival: Vineyard Haven or Oak Bluffs (May-October). From magnificent beaches to wind-swept dunes to historic town centers, a trip to Martha's Vineyard will always be memorable.
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1 Railroad Ave, Woods Hole, Falmouth, MA 02543-1021
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+1 508-477-8600
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We arrived a couple hours early and the Steamship was able to get us on the next ferry. They run the operation like a well oiled machine. We left on time and arrived early. Even though the seas were very choppy, the crossing was fine....More

Thank jer b
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great way to get to Martha's Vineyard by car or on foot. Reservations can (& SHOULD) be made ahead on line. Arrive at least 15 minutes early to quell as they have a systematic way of loading the ferry. Loads of seats inside and out...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Headed down to open up the house and we have been watching the news about all the problems with the various boat problems. We were there about 45 minuets early and were pleasantly surprised to be able to drive right on. There were only about...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'm pretty surprised at the positive reviews for this service since my experience has been quite the opposite. I'll try to make this as objective as possible: First off, it's very difficult to get a car reservation. But when you do and follow the directions,...More

Thank Carmen M
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Capeandislandsgirl37, Manager at The Steamship Authority - Martha's Vineyard, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Carmen, We are so sorry to hear about your recent experience. While this is no excuse, we have been having several mechanical issues with three of our ferries recently - it was almost like a "perfect storm" scenario. This caused many delays, trip cancellations,...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I went in March on the Martha's Vineyard Ferry to Vineyard Haven. The chip going wasn't too bad but coming back there was something wrong with the fairy and we waited outside in the cold for an hour and then we'll put on a freight...More

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Capeandislandsgirl37, Manager at The Steamship Authority - Martha's Vineyard, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Felicia, We are so terribly sorry for your bad experience with the SSA. While this is not an excuse, we had a series of mechanical issues with three of our boats at the same time - it was like a "perfect storm" scenario. In...More

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Reviewed March 22, 2018

We visited Martha's Vineyard for the first time. It was cold day in March. I did not know what to expect at that time of year. While it was not crowded, it was certainly not deserted. We parked in the lot in Woods Hole. It...More

Thank Ann S
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Reviewed January 22, 2018

We travelled on one of ten ships from Woods Hole to Martha’s Vineyard for the day. Parking is away from the port and people are bussed in to save the time it takes to find a space for a small price. The tickets are reasonably...More

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Reviewed December 22, 2017

Park on Palmer Ave., Falmouth, Ma. Take shuttle bus to Woods Hole Terminal. En joy wonderful ride to Martha Vineyard. Very scenic ride. Enjoy the vineyard.

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Reviewed December 16, 2017 via mobile

Headed to the vineyard for a wedding. Four of us arrived at the Palmer Ave lot. After being directed to a parking lane we grabbed our luggage and headed for the bus. Crowded but comfortable transportation to the terminal. Stepped inside where there were plenty...More

Thank taftdev
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Reviewed November 14, 2017

Initially we were going to take our car to the island but had difficulty getting a reservation to get off. We choose instead to walk on. It was easy to get tickets and a nice easy way to get to island. The staff was pleasant....More

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Annette M
April 24, 2018|
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Response from NsMommy | Reviewed this property |
You NEED to make a reservation or you most likely won’t get across. Check the Steamship Authority website for rates and reservations.
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Sunseekergirl77
April 8, 2018|
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Response from Neal S | Reviewed this property |
You can sit in your vehicle if you choose.
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Raymond F
January 11, 2018|
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Response from heumanntouch | Reviewed this property |
My suggestion as well to call them, they have NO control over mother nature
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