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The Steamship Authority - Martha's Vineyard

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1 Railroad Ave, Woods Hole, Falmouth, MA 02543-1021
+1 508-477-8600
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Early morning was great!

Beat the crowds and try to go to Martha's Vineyard with your car on an early boat. If you arrive... read more

Reviewed June 17, 2017
Callisto S
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Natick, Massachusetts
What a Beautiful Ride to Martha's Vineyard!

I purchased our round trip tickets for the 5 of us and our SUV rental online, days before our... read more

Reviewed June 16, 2017
NormaLinda66
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Grand Prairie, Texas, United States
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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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  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
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“parking lot” (60 reviews)
“snack bar” (34 reviews)
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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 June 17, 2017

Beat the crowds and try to go to Martha's Vineyard with your car on an early boat. If you arrive early, you may even be able to go standby on an even earlier boat. Our trip over from Woods Hole, we wound up on a...More

Thank Callisto S
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Reviewed June 16, 2017

I purchased our round trip tickets for the 5 of us and our SUV rental online, days before our little trip. It was fast and easy, but, please be sure to print your Confirmation Page in the event that you are asked for proof of...More

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Reviewed June 11, 2017

Huge ships. If you wait to see everything unload you wonder how they get all the tractor trailers, busses, box trucks, cars, etc., in there. The ride is great. We'll go on these ships again if we ever head to the island again

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Reviewed June 9, 2017 via mobile

Took Steamship Authority ferries from Hyannis to Nantucket and from Martha's Vineyard to Woods Hole. Good experience from beginning to end. Clean comfortable ferry. Knowledgeable and friendly staff. Easy on and easy off.

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Reviewed June 9, 2017

The ferries are huge, only partly because they also carry cars and trucks along with tourists, residents, and working people. Tour buses drive on, their contents clamber up to the decks. On the day we left Woods Hole the weather necessitated a change from Oak...More

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Reviewed June 8, 2017 via mobile

The sailing was really good, a bit to crowdy and they should provide a shuttle from one port to another when the cancel or change the port of departure

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Reviewed June 4, 2017 via mobile

30 minute ride from Woods hole to Martha's vineyard. The vessel has indoor and outdoor view areas. Snacks and drinks available onboard.

Thank Krishnappan S
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Reviewed June 2, 2017 via mobile

I remember sailing here during my childhood on my Uncle Davids 70 Foot Sailboat with my cousins and their Captain. The ride was choppy, to say the least. My uncle David who had just bought a Sailboat after having years of Cabin Cruisers that we...More

Thank Lisa S
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Reviewed June 2, 2017

My husband and I recently took the ferry from Woods Hole to Martha's Vineyard for the first time. The people I spoke with on the phone regarding tickets, parking, etc., were extremely friendly and helpful! It was easy to locate the parking lot where a...More

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Reviewed June 1, 2017

Fast and friendly. Ship is huge, clean, and there is a lot of construction going on in the lot. The dock is a perfect area, not a lot of traffic.

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Annette M
April 23, 2018|
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Response from jer b | Reviewed this property |
Yes you need a reservation especially in the busy summer months. Tickets on the weekend are very popular, so I would not hesitate. The Steamship Authority has a web site that is very easy to navigate and the... More
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Sunseekergirl77
April 7, 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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