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The Steamship Authority - Martha's Vineyard

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Address: 1 Railroad Ave, Woods Hole, Falmouth, MA
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+1 508-477-8600

Serving over 2 million travelers to Martha's Vineyard, the Steamship...

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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Quick ride to the Vineyard!

The ship is large so a lot of people can fit on each shuttle...and the shuttles run periodically. They have parking on site. The trip is pretty quick and enjoyable. You can get... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 20 January 2017
Fairfield, Connecticut
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017 via mobile

Rude impolite disorganized inconsiderate handicap sitting in a car 5 hours boat cancel that 9 o'clock no one will even speak to you if they do they're rude no answers horrible company but no other choice than the only boat the runs out here

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Capeandislandsgirl37, Director of Marketing at The Steamship Authority - Martha's Vineyard, responded to this review

We apologize for your negative experience while traveling with the Steamship Authority. We strive to provide only the best customer service and appreciate your honest feedback. We would like to get some more information about your experience, including the date, trip time, etc... Please contact me directly at kmchugh@steamshipauthority.com so that we can address and solve this issue. Thank you. More 

Fairfield, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017

The ship is large so a lot of people can fit on each shuttle...and the shuttles run periodically. They have parking on site. The trip is pretty quick and enjoyable. You can get a list of the shuttles leaving and coming back for each day. It was very clean and I certainly felt safe and comfortable.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

Attempted to make a reservation this morning to use the ferry later this spring. Could have been the internet but in 30 years of using a computer I have never experienced a website that was slower and non user friendly as this one. After an hour finally gave up and decided to call in the reservation and encountered about the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

Awesome trip over to Marthas Vineyard with my husband and daughter and her family .... we loved the boat ride the crew was helpful , polite and knowledgable about the sights and great restauramts !! Definitely recommend !!!!

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Arlington, Virginia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

Most important thing: Do not count on parking in Woods Hole for this ferry. You need to park in Falmouth on MA-28, north of Main St and take a shuttle down to the ferry dock. It was very confusing for us to drive from coastal Falmouth away from Woods Hole to park our car for the ferry. Plan enough time... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

Arrived early at the parking lot and we were really pleased with the way it was managed. Good shuttle service to the Ferry at Woods Hole. Sat outside on the deck and really enjoyed the ferry journey both ways. It was a lovely sunny day so great views. On arrival at MV we were a little unsure on where to... More 

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Kingston, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

Even though it was fall, we picked a sunny warm day to ride out to Martha's Vineyard and back. We bought an excellent lunch at The Waterside Market and ate it top deck on the way back to Falmouth. Wonderful way to spend the day.

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Cheshire, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

I cannot speak highly enough about the Steamship Authority. I often arrived earlier than my scheduled trip and I got in line and went on the next ferry. i have trouble walking so i've taken the car the last three years and have been lucky to get in the handicapped lot at Woods Hole. It is a pleasure to deal... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

On our recent, end of season, trip to Martha’s Vineyard we decided to take the car onto the ferry so we can explore the island. This was going to be our first time with a car on a ferry and I was pretty nervous about logistics and technicalities of the process. We arrived at Woods Hole about 30 minutes before... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

A quick vacation on Martha's Vineyard couldn't have started better than the boat trip to Vineyard Haven. Excellent service, great beers and very relaxing after a 2 hour journey in torrential rain from Boston. I would recommend the steamship authority ahead of the swimming option.

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