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Salem Ferry Reduces Service to Fri.-Sun for Rest of Season

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Salem Ferry Reduces Service to Fri.-Sun for Rest of Season

Salem ferry announced that starting next week (week of September 19) through the end of its season (October 31st), it will reduce service to 3 days a week: Fridays through Sunday. However, ferries will run on Columbus Day and Halloween (both Mondays). The 7am commuter trip from Salem will also end. The ferry operator, Boston's Best Cruises, says that it will resume service as always next spring. They state that high fuel costs and reduced ridership are the reason for the cut-back.

Keep in mind that the commuter rail is available for travel between Boston (North Station) and Salem, and that the MBTA usually provides extra service on Halloween and sometimes the days preceding.

For more information see:

http://www.bostonsbestcruises.com/salem-ferry

salemnews.com/local/x1095948107/Salem-ferry-…

mbta.com/schedules_and_maps/rail/lines/…

Edited: 15 September 2011, 14:47
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3. Re: Salem Ferry Reduces Service to Fri.-Sun for Rest of Season

useful info...we are planning to use the ferry and luckily we'll be there on a Saturday (Oct 1st)

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4. Re: Salem Ferry Reduces Service to Fri.-Sun for Rest of Season

Glad you won't be inconvenienced. Enjoy your visit!

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5. Re: Salem Ferry Reduces Service to Fri.-Sun for Rest of Season

Bumping this up again for October visitors.

Cats_123, hope you had a good visit yesterday. Sorry the weather wasn't a little better.

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6. Re: Salem Ferry Reduces Service to Fri.-Sun for Rest of Season

Reminder that the Salem Ferry will run on Columbus Day, Monday, October 10 (and on Halloween). Otherwise, Friday through Sunday schedule continues.

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Interested in taking family on ferry to avoid the drive. How is the ride - rough? Much to see for a 6 and 9 yr old? Can they sleep on the ride back and what is best parking in boston?

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The ferry will be an excellent way to get to Salem during October. I don't think you'll find the ride rough, but you may want to call ahead to ask about the current sea conditions or ask just before you buy your tickets. The views of the Boston skyline and the coast north of Boston should interest the kids. Unfortunately I think the tall ship Friendship is away from Salem for inspection right now so they'll miss out on seeing it from the water. They may be able to sleep on the return trip, but there'll likely be some Halloween revelers aboard (not sure when you're coming, but this will be true this coming weekend and more so the next) who may make sleeping a little difficult. Besides it's fun to see the lights of Boston! ;-)

As for parking, take a look at the suggestions on the ferry's website. I think the garage they suggest by the New England Aquarium is very expensive (even with the ferry discount and even for Boston). The other suggested garage at International Place is a better idea though a little farther away.

Hope you'll have fun in Salem!

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10. Re: Salem Ferry Reduces Service to Fri.-Sun for Rest of Season

No ferry service Monday through Thursday this week. Last ferries of the season will run Friday, 10/28 through Monday, 10/31.