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The Steamship Authority - Martha's Vineyard
Ranked #2 of 13 things to do in Woods Hole
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed 12 June 2014

We went from Wood's Hole to Oak Bluffs on Martha's Vineyard. We had no problems with our ferry ride. We had never brought our car on a ferry and it was pretty fun driving onto the boat. The ferry was very prompt with it's time and the announcements telling us where the life jackets were and when it was time to go down to our car was very loud and clearly audible.

1  Thank julia_fisher
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Reviewed 7 June 2014 via mobile

The attendants at the parking area was very helpful with explaining how secure and safe it was. The bus driver was informative with the ferry and a safe and cautious driver. The people at the ticket booth was also helpful with ticket purchases. The ferry ride itself was an experience. It was a slow and steady ride, but with all the weight it was carrying you couldn't help but go slow. The crew knew what they were doing and helped those who needed it. I would highly recommend this to other people.

1  Thank Dennis L
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Reviewed 29 May 2014 via mobile

The ferry leaves from Woods Hole approximately every hour and a half. The website is helpful for exact schedules. Their customer service was helpful with specific questions too. Eight dollars one way or sixteen dollars round trip per person. Easy on and easy off. Bathrooms and a galley on onboard. Can't ask for much more.

1  Thank CrystalN320
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Reviewed 22 May 2014

We encountered a non-handicap accessible ferry, a crew member that did not know general safety information about the ferry (exits), an unaccommodating crew for a simple request to nurse while on the ferry, an unsafe return shuttle to the parking lot where they told us to get on a standing-room only ferry even though we had a baby carrier/carseat with a baby in it, a shuttle driver who informed us that he's advised to cram as many people in as possible to prevent complaints that shuttles are running empty, and an overzealous company that charged $3 more per vehicle for parking even though the yellow postcard we were provided in the morning clearly stated the cost. I contacted the ferry company to provide the feedback on my trip and was greeted by an uncooperative ticket person who was unwilling to assist with feedback because that department was closed and would not open until the following Monday. After some prodding, she connected me with a manager who patiently listened to my problems and promised me he would speak with Mark Rosen (President?) the following day, who would in turn mail a refund or the difference in the parking charge and call me. It is now a full week later and I have received no phone call and no refund. Given the service and training of the employees I encountered, this is not unexpected, but it is unfortunate that all areas of this company are in dire need of help. They will not survive this way. They have competition.

Other ferry services exist. I advise you choose wisely for your safety and sanity. This company is clearly not interested in anything but their wallet. I will never travel with them again.

6  Thank calcio22_9
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Reviewed 16 May 2014

Took our car. Very easy to do. Less $$ than others. A little hectic at terminal. Bathrooms clean. Dogs allowed. Not rocky even though water was choppy.

1  Thank June R
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