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“No problem except for parking”

The Steamship Authority - Martha's Vineyard
Ranked #2 of 12 things to do in Woods Hole
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Owner description: 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.
Boston, Massachusetts
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58 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“No problem except for parking”
Reviewed November 14, 2012

We decided to travel on the 10.45am ferry to the island on a Sunday and got to the area in plenty of time only to be told that the parking area was back in Falmouth! So back we went and got the bus to the terminal with 5 minutes to spare. It's not obvious that the parking for non-employees is not on site, so it's something to bear in mind if you're driving. The ferry itself was great, clean and efficient, the staff were nice and the journey was lovely:-) Glad we went.

Visited November 2012
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Wilton, Connecticut
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14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“customer service under adverse conditions”
Reviewed November 12, 2012

Our family made a choice to travel on the SSA after a major Nor'Easter storm. Coast Guard forced the SSA to shut down for two (2) whole days. The following day was when we attempted our travel on the ferry. Of course we knew this would be difficult based on the previous days. So while we had to wait for a while to get a ferry that we could get our vehicle on, the management people and the Union SSA crews were present and eager to respond to our concerns.

Of course beyond this scenario we experienced a good time on the SSA ferry. The galley by Centerplate is very welcoming with hot coffee, cold drinks, award winning Chowder, Chili or Stew, and other snacks. The Union crews on board seem to work tirelessly to get the vehicles and passengers where they are supposed to be, safely, and in efforts to keep the ferry on schedule.

I will always turn to SSA for my travel needs to and from MVY!

Visited November 2012
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Cape Cod
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17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Easiest way to get to the Vineyard from Woods Hole”
Reviewed November 12, 2012

I'm a local and like the convenience of the Steamship Authority. We use it to take our car over to the Vineyard in the Summer. Great snack bar and staff. Shuttle bus is convenient. Embark and disembark is a breeze.. Also very easy to drive on and off with your vehicle.

Visited July 2012
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Middletown, Connecticut
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23 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Easy trip to take”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

We took the trip from Falmouth to Martha's Vineyard. The ferry was nice, and easy to get on and off. Made for a nice day trip.

Visited July 2012
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kidderminster england
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171 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“Very efficient staff”
Reviewed October 30, 2012

Had difficulty making a booking due to computor requiring a number plate which I could not provide with a hire car.I e-mailed the staff and they made the booking for me.Many months later I arrived and all my details were produced to board.Very easy to drive on and off,nice seating and refreshments to purchase.

Visited October 2012
Thank paulineclifton
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