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“smooth and pleasant ride to paradise”

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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17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“smooth and pleasant ride to paradise”
Reviewed 1 July 2014 credit card Amex Cardmember Review

Pleasant, customer oriented. A painless journey. Whatever the hassle in getting to the boat, the journey is made pleasant and although only 45 minutes, it puts you in a very good mood.

Visited June 2014
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Sydney, Australia
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68 reviews
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“Don't expect service or organisation”
Reviewed 25 June 2014

The online booking system is convoluted and the confirmation email never arrived. Despite ringing and asking for it to be re-sent it never turned up. You're told to be there 45 mins before the ferry arrives although it's not clear why. You just end up sitting in the car. The process for loaning and unloading the cars is random - don't expect to be first on first off. The ferry itself is old and a little run down. All this for what seems an extortionate price for such a short trip.

Visited June 2014
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1 Thank Elfinlouise
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41 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Easy travel to MV”
Reviewed 22 June 2014

Cheap roundtrip. Still preseason therefore parking and getting to and from the lots was very easy and not crowded. Shuttles ran very frequently and ferry was on time. Plenty of seating inside and out. Restrooms at the terminals and on the ferry could be cleaner but were acceptable.

Visited June 2014
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Dallas
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26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Easy and affordable!”
Reviewed 17 June 2014 via mobile

Great way to get to the islands. Ferry is clean and air conditioned. There is an outside viewing area on top and tons of seating.

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Roseville, California
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112 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Mixed bag...”
Reviewed 16 June 2014

On the upside, the ferries were on time. But indications of where to park (4 miles away) are not clearly laid out, and the printed instructions to these sites given out and the dock don't help much. The surly shuttle driver didn't help. Folks - please remember: People from out of town don't know where things are, and what the procedures are like you do. All I can really say about this experience is...we got where we were going and we got back. I'm sure Mr. Shuttle Bus Driver would simple respond "And that's all the flippin' matters..."

Visited June 2014
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