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“"Never Again"”

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.
Springfield, Virginia
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168 reviews
125 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“"Never Again"”
Reviewed April 15, 2013

This company needs a major upgrade. Dirty shuttle buses with bad smell which take you from parking lot to the terminal. The boat itself was not clean at all. On our way back from Martha's Vineyard to cape, boat was filled with pets and could see and smell animal dirt on board. Seats were torn and dirty too. Overall it was not a good experience at all. Try to take other ferries between cape and vineyard.

Visited April 2013
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Bradenton, Florida
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32 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“long ride to island”
Reviewed April 11, 2013

45-minute steam ride to Martha's Vineyard. Its nice to sit and relax. Note: no entertainment on the ferry. If you come during season (June-July-August), take the faster boat which takes 15-20 minutes and arrives in Oaks Bluff.

Visited May 2012
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Rhode Island
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Martha's Vineyard”
Reviewed April 2, 2013

Had a nice 45 minute ride to the vineyard on the ferry. Was so smooth that you didn't even realize that you were moving. Great trip.

Visited March 2013
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Boston, Massachusetts
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36 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“great ride”
Reviewed January 27, 2013

I travel to the vinyard several times a year via the ferry, online option is great,when making a resv for a vehicle do it early

Visited January 2013
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Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Well organised, great little trip”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

Worth taking the Ferry across to Martha's Vineyard from Hyannis. It is an exciting trip for children and our crossing was smooth and hassle free.

Visited January 2013
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