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“Worn and tired”

Bridgeport and Port Jefferson Steamboat Company
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Reviewed 7 July 2014

This is a convenient way to get from downtown Bridgeport, CT, to Port Jefferson on north-central Long Island, without the drive around New York City. However, the price is high and the boat seems rather old, worn and industrial, as if, like Bridgeport, it has seen better days. You're advised to use the rest-rooms at the dock, rather than the (dirty) ones on the boat. The ferry was quiet on a cold late-May morning, but probably is very busy in the summer, so follow the guidelines on the web about arriving early at the dock. Tickets for the car and driver can be bought on-line ahead of time, but once on board you still must take your receipt to the purser's office on the boat to get an exit pass and to pay for any passengers in the car (extra price). There is food for sale at the dock in Bridgeport and on the boat, but the choices are limited- probably best to eat at a restaurant in Port Jefferson, which seemed to be a cute but very busy town. The information desk at the Bridgeport dock stocks helpful maps of Long Island and brochures about area attractions. Overall, we preferred the ferry between New London, CT, and Orient Point, NY.

Thank ScienceTrip
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Reviewed 19 June 2014

We decided to take the ferry over to L.I. to save time in commuting. It was a great decision and we're glad we chose to do it. Coming back to CT on our return trip we decided to drive all the way which wasn't a good decision. In fact when we go back to L.I. we will definitely take the ferry in both directions. The loading and unloading of cars was very efficient and hardly took any time at all.

1  Thank HarryRCT
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Reviewed 18 June 2014

I live in CT and when a beautiful Saturday or Sunday beckons me to be outside, I call the Bpt-Port Jeff Ferry! Arrive 30 min prior, get in line, and off you go. A beautiful hour-ling boat ride awaits and a wonderful town to explore with great restaurants on the other end. Whether you bring your car or just walk on board. A great last minute getaway!

2  Thank claate
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Reviewed 15 June 2014

I have taken my vehicle on the ferry several times. It is a seam-less process, especially when reservations are made. Simply drive up, give your name and you will be advised which line to get in based on the size of your vehicle. Boarding is very well organized and simple. Although it won't necessarily save you any time depending upon your destination, I would choose a smooth relaxing boat ride across the sound rather than driving through NYC/Long Island traffic any day, even if it were raining.

Thank Medusa222
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Reviewed 9 June 2014

We were traveling from the eastern portion of Long Island to Albany New York on a Sunday afternoon. It was Peurto Rican Parade day in the city and we were not looking forward to driving in city traffic on a hot day. We decided to take the ferry instead and bypass the city. It was a great choice.

The parking lot is confusing to get into and signage is not the best in Port Jefferson but after pulling in we were put right in line. When the ship came in, unloading and loading was fast and efficient. Our ferry was clean and quiet. Plenty of seating inside and out. There is a snackbar and lounge on board. It was a quick hour and a few minutes to get to Bridgeport and unloading was quick.

We purchased tickets on line for the car and driver. Additional passengers pay on the ship- which is a little confusing and an additional hassle. It was a beautiful day and the water was flat and the temps warm/hot. Great trip across. Didn't save alot of miles actually driving or time travelling, but saved a ton of stress by not having to go through NYC.!!

Cost wasn't cheap, but it was well worth it.

Thank Donald C
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