We frequently travel from the Boston area to central Long Island. By taking the Bridgeport Ferry we save the tense drive through the outskirts of New York City. Departure times are every hour during busy times and by making reservations ahead of time, entry is convenient and secure. The trip is relatively expensive compared to the gas saved, but the convenience and diversion is worth the money. It still amazes us to see such a large, hulky vessel make its way to the dock, disgorge large numbers of vehicles, and pack more in than one would think possible. A lounge area is generally large enough to handle the passengers, but the nice seats do fill quickly. The trip is one hour and the ferry has always been on schedule. If we arrive an hour earlier than our scheduled boat, we have always been able to take the earlier ferry as a standby. The trip is a lot more fun than dodging New York City drivers. The boats do have an alcohol lounge at the bow with a great view looking forward. A small snack bar, although overpriced, does offer a variety of foods and snacks that can be enjoyed during the trip. Some tables in the lounge have an entertainment center on which you can purchase game plays.
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