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“Leaving Nantucket on the Ferry”

The Steamship Authority
Ranked #6 of 37 things to do in Hyannis
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Owner description: The Steamship Authority is the largest ferry service to the Island of Nantucket from Cape Cod. We offer the lowest fares and the most frequent daily departures for passengers, automobiles and trucks. Our ferries to Nantucket depart from the iconic Hyannis Harbor. Please note, we offer limited premium on-site parking as well as off-site parking with free shuttle service. Check our mobile site for current parking and trip status. Our seasonal high-speed passenger-only ferry, the M/V Iyanough, gets you to Nantucket - dock-to-dock - in just an hour. Enjoy great savings with our special $50 same-day, round-trip, available Monday - Thursday, April - December. For a perfect day trip Nantucket makes wonderful destinations - with magnificent beaches, charming scenery and fabulous shopping and dining.
Bullhead City, Az.
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“Leaving Nantucket on the Ferry”
Reviewed January 15, 2010

This was after the Holidays and the boat was full. They only had one luggage rack for the boat. We had to carry our luggage up to the upper deck, luckily there was an elevator. The crew told us that they were only allowed one cart for the boat, since the boat was full and there was no room for an extra cart. The crew person was really not pleasant, maybe he was just cold. I guess you have to really get to the dock early so that you can put your luggage on the cart.

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“Avoid the Steamship Authority unless you're a sardine”
Reviewed December 6, 2009

They cram as many people as possible onto the boats, shove the cars into spaces that are way too small for them, and take no responsibility for the knocks and scratches made by people trying to squeeze through tiny gaps carrying large bags etc. The experience is reminiscent of the London Tube at rush hour, only worse because the staff are incredibly rude and obnoxious. Definitely look at alternative options - the staff / pilots at Cape Air are brilliant (and no, I don't work for Cape Air).
The ferry trip is definitely the downside of the Vineyard and worth avoiding if possible.

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“Iyanough - Highspeed Ferry to Nantucket”
Reviewed October 10, 2008

On a bright sunny morning in August we decided to get up early and go explore Nantucket. Arriving at the Hyannis docks without a reservation, we checked out the various cruise lines and their options.

As I tend to get a tad seasick on occasion, we chose to go with the Steamship Authority's Highspeed Ferry. Crossing this way only takes one Hour vs over 2 Hours with the Traditional Vehicle Ferry.

The Steamship Authority's Dock is about two blocks east of the primary Ocean Street Dock in Hyannis. Steamship Authority Ferries leave from the School Street Dock, just off of South Street and east of Pleasant Street.

The gentleman at the ticket counter was most helpful and friendly. As this is downtown Hyannis, and if one chooses to cross to Nantucket without a car, one must make parking arrangements. The Steamship Authority has several off-site lots (about 10 minutes away) and a FREE shuttle to transport one from the Parking Lot to the Terminal. As we were Nantucket rookies, the ticket agent was sweet answering our questions and took time to give us driving directions to the parking lot and a map to help us out.

The fenced Parking Lot was in a business park, close to the airport. It was well organized, and staff were friendly. There was a $ 10 fee per day (less than other lots we saw in town), and the shuttle service was excellent. Passengers are advised to arrive well beforehand of their scheduled departure, so that they have time to park their car and catch the shuttle.

When we arrived back at the terminus, Iyanough, the Highspeed Ferry was already in dock, we waited only a few minutes while the passengers from Nantucket unloaded. Once on board we had the choice of sitting inside or out. Because it was a beautiful day we chose to sit outside. The outside seats are on the second story at the rear of the boat.

Once up top we got a great view of the Traditional Car Ferry arriving in port and watched the very able Captain turn it 180 degrees mid-harbour and line-up the vessel for unloading and prepare for its next trip across Nantucket Sound.

Upon leaving the dock, the Highspeed Ferry passes thru both the inner and outer harbour of Hyannisport. The scenery is beautiful, beaches, lighthouses, resorts and of course lots of people enjoying time on the water. Once beyond the breakwater the highspeed catamaran went to full throttle and we were skimming across the ocean.

I have to say the trip over was a lot of fun... it was a perfect summer day and we passed many yachts and sailboats enroute to Nantucket. We also saw another ferry far off in the distance, we believed it was coming from Martha's Vineyard and going to Cape Cod.

We made our return trip that same day in the evening. By then the sun was setting, and the wind was picking up, so we chose to sit inside. The interior of the ferry offers comfortable seating, some seats even are grouped around tables, as well there is a full service snack bar with a variety of items including beer and wine.

We had a very enjoyable day on Nantucket, and I would recommend the trip to anyone visiting Cape Cod (next time we will plan ahead, and stay longer). I would also recommend travelling with The Steamship Authority. However, I would also suggest that RESERVATIONS should be made prior to departure. The day we travelled was very busy, mind you we were not going with a vehicle so that was a good thing. Travelling without a car can make things easier and considerably cheaper.

For example rates for 2008 Summer were:

Highspeed Ferry - Adult Fare = $ 32.50 each way
Traditional Ferry - Adult Fare = $ 16.50 each way
Traditional Ferry - Reg. Vehicle = $ 190.00 each way
Traditional Ferry - Large Vehicle = $ 215.00 each way

There were also surcharges for vehicles with trailers, or passengers travelling by bicycle.

Once back in Hyannis we had a short wait for a shuttle bus designated for our Parking Lot. Again everything seemed well organized. I am looking forward to our 2009 trip.

For photos - See my Profile Photo Page

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