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The Steamship Authority - Martha's Vineyard
Ranked #2 of 13 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.
Reviewed 12 August 2014

If you are going to Martha's Vineyard with your car, The Steamship Authority is the way to go - seriously it is the only option!

That being said, it is a really nice option. You drive your car onto the boat and off you go. The whole trip took about 30 minutes and it was safe, clean with great service.

If you are going in season, make sure to book your reservations well in advance, because seriously, this is the only way to the Vineyard with a car.

The bathrooms are reasonably clean.

Thank Jaimee A
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Reviewed 12 August 2014

Taking the boat from Hyannis to Nantucket is a great way to begin or end your vacation! I see no reason to take the high speed ferry - the regular ferry is part of the experience! The boat is spotlessly clean, the crew is friendly and helpful. Just sit back and unwind - Fun!

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Reviewed 3 August 2014 via mobile

We took the ferry both to and from the vineyard. It was a great trip both ways. Was a bit rocky on the way back but such is life on the water. Kids enjoyed the free wifi but hubby and I cherished the view. Oh and of course the snack bar was a hit with my never - ending eaters.

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Reviewed 3 August 2014

Is there any way not to be excited when you arrive at Woods Hole and see the ferry that will convey you to Martha's Vineyard? I doubt it. Even twenty five years after my first visit, I felt my heart pounding with happiness and anticipation as we purchased our tickets (8 bucks to walk on) and watched the tourists milling about with their dogs and luggage and kids. You can buy refreshments right near the ticket booth or, as we did, spend the hour waiting for the ferry at a very nearby watering hole, eating lobster tacos. A great start to a summer holiday!

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Reviewed 1 August 2014

We picked the Steamship Authority out of Woods Hole to get us to Martha's Vineyard because it was the cheapest and quickest way to get us there. It was a beautiful day and we had no complaints. Air conditioning and food inside or stay outside on one of the benches to enjoy the weather. The whole operation ran like a well oiled machine. Would definitely travel this way again!

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