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“easy combo from NYC”

Martha's Vineyard Fast Ferry
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: We operate the newest most luxurious fast ferry to Martha's Vineyard. The "Ava Pearl" offers all Business Class seating with interior luggage areas and the most advanced Ride Control System in the world offering the smoothest ride possible. Depart from Quonset Point, Rhode Island and avoid all the Cape Cod traffic - we will save you 3-4 hours in travel time each way! Closest daily ferry to Connecticut, New York & New Jersey. Dockside parking $10/day. Seasonal ferry service operating May through October.
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157 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“easy combo from NYC”
Reviewed 17 August 2014 via mobile

first trip to Martha's Vineyard and used the suggested itinerary of amtrak, shuttle & fast ferry. seamless, easy & reasonably priced! check website for schedules and while all three are booked separately, very efficient way to get back and forth from the island!

3 Thank travelG74
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Middletown, Connecticut
1 review
“Great trip, regardless of weather-related cancellation, for first-time passenger”
Reviewed 15 August 2014

What a great job the team accomplished in getting everybody on shuttle buses for August 13th 1:00 PM canceled ferry ride. As a first-time customer it appeared to be a seamless and smooth process although I'm sure a lot of coordination ahead of time was necessary to make it look as so. We were all directed to two busses that quickly got us all to Woods Hole and onto a ferry. In sparkling weather on the return trip, The boat was clean, the staff was attentive and professional,
updates on the PA system kept folks informed, and the debarking process was organized and courteous

The staff's friendliness, courteousness and professionalism surpassed my expectations and as a first time passenger I will certainly be using the ferry again in the future.

Visited August 2014
Thank Dan P
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Highlands, New Jersey
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299 reviews
76 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
“Purchase tickets on line to secure your return trip”
Reviewed 15 August 2014 via mobile

We did our home work. We called and came to Rhode Island a day early to pick up our tickets. The fate agents were cordial and waited almost an half hour past closing for us to arrive at the station. We could only purchase a one way because they sold out of Sunday morning tickets which mean we were on a waiting list for our return - risky.

We chose seats outside to take advantage of the warm summer sun but the seats were wet and it was a windy ride.

Beautiful country, the ride on the ferry was better than the bumper to bumper traffic in Massachusetts - well worth the trip.

Thank JDRolle R
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Clifton Park, New York
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22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“July 9, 2014”
Reviewed 10 July 2014

I would suggest just booking another means of transportation. We had a good trip to the Island but returning we got a text the morning of our departure that the Fast Ferry was cancelled and we were put on a boat to Falmouth and bused to our car in RI. They would not offer any kind of credit or refund so we were out of the money we paid for the higher price Fast Ferry. Not to mention they did not communicate well any other options and the weather on July 9th appeared to be fine to me.

Visited July 2014
4 Thank Michael R
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Marietta, Georgia
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great trip... lovely relaxing ride”
Reviewed 22 June 2014

We took the ferry to Martha's Vineyard and back again and had no issues at all. I had read some unflattering reviews here after I had already booked our tickets and was worried about cancellations due to bad weather. We traveled from Atlanta to NYC and then took Amtrak train to Kingston and then had a car service drive us the 20 minutes from the Amtrak station to the ferry dock. Same thing in reverse on the way back. If any piece of that travel had gone wrong, we would really have been in a bind. Happily, it all went off without a hitch... and it was misting and raining on the way over and the sea was a bit choppy they said but we made the trip just fine. No seasickness and no cancellations. The only thing that is good to know is that at both the ferry dock and the Amtrak station, they are both pretty much in the middle of nowhere and there are no food options available if you have any kind of layover. Each had a soda machine but that was about it. Our driver advised us to bring a picnic from NYC upon departure and on the way back he kindly stopped at about the only option... a Subway sandwich shop... so we could have our meal while waiting on the Amtrak train at the station. I don't believe there are cabs readily available at either the Amtrak or the Ferry dock, so once you get there you are kind of stuck. Not a huge deal... but if you are traveling with kids it is definitely good to know ahead of time. Great trip... would do it again!

Visited June 2014
3 Thank Lorrie B
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