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The Steamship Authority - Martha's Vineyard

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Pleasant and easy...

Such a good operation - from parking to the terminal to the ferry - the whole process was easy... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Interesting Ride

This was our first time on the ferry and we were surprised to find a semi truck beside our car... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Lexington, Kentucky
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  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
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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...more
1 Railroad Ave, Woods Hole, Falmouth, MA 02543-1021
+1 508-477-8600
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed August 21, 2012

The good rating is for the overall quality of the enterprise. There is no question that the SSA's boats are clearly the soundest and best-maintained and that its staff is both knowledgeable and pleasant. If you are travelling with a car, it's also the only...More

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Reviewed August 4, 2013

Each year our 4 sisters try to have a memorable vacation together. We are ages 70 - 82 years old. This year we scheduled a trip to Martha's Vineyard. Our trip on 7/16/2013 by ferry to from Woods Hole to Martha's Vineyard was a complete...More

10  Thank Rebecca C
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Reviewed yesterday

Such a good operation - from parking to the terminal to the ferry - the whole process was easy, efficient and great value. Enjoyed it too.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our first time on the ferry and we were surprised to find a semi truck beside our car. The crew certainly knew how to safely and efficiently get people and vehicles on and off the ferry. It was cold and rainy the day...More

Thank teacher152015
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

First time on this ferry. Easy to get to and fares were reasonable. Staff was helpful and the ferry was clean. Couldn't complain about the views. Recommend going to the Vineyard after the morning rush, say 8:30 to 9 a.m. We went late season so...More

Thank 547timothym
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Convenient way to travel to Martha’s Vineyard. Comfortable seating with snacks available for purchase.

Thank Heelraiser
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It’s pricey to ferry your car over to Martha's Vineyard, but they do a great job of getting everyone loaded and unloaded quickly. If you arrive early (they recommend 30 min. prior to your reservation), get in the cue and then lock up your car...More

Thank TakeFiveTravel
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Good service frequency and price if you are on foot passenger. You can park in their designated parking lots for U$S 15for the day. And the trip only cost 18.5. Once you arrive to the Island you can but the day tickets from Martha's Vineyard...More

Thank Patricia032
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I took the Martha's Vineyard ferry in October. We were lucky in that the prior day had been very blustery but the winds had died down quite a bit. The ferry is large enough to accomodate many people as well as a...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'm a cyclist. So you can imagine that staying healthy is a pretty big deal to me. During my trip over to MV, the crew put my bike right in front of the ship, where there was plenty of room, and where I could get...More

Thank nmstewart
KMcHugh, Manager at The Steamship Authority - Martha's Vineyard, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your honest feedback. While we don't really have a regular policy on how cyclists are loaded, it may have to do with the actual boat design and layout (safety issue). The crew who is loading the boat usually makes the final call...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were staying in Woods Hole, Massachusetts and jumped on the ferry for a day trip to Martha’s Vineyard. The round trip ticketing process was very easy. Plenty of departure and return trip times. Boarding was a breeze. Lots of great seats with nice views...More

Thank fsjake29
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After Columbus Day, ferry options to Martha's Vineyard shrink to one: the Steamship Authority out of Woods Hole on the Cape. Even if you're handicapped, you park at a pay lot ($12/day) in a remote location, and then catch the complimentary shuttle to the boat....More

Thank sarainglenwood
KMcHugh, Manager at The Steamship Authority - Martha's Vineyard, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your honest feedback. Our boats normally leave on schedule, but there may have been a delay for good reason. Can you email me at kmchugh@steamshipauthority.com and let me know the dates and trip times you traveled so I can find out the...More

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August 18, 2018|
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Response from Eric F | Reviewed this property |
We had our truck shipped over on ferry to the island.
August 1, 2018|
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Response from KMcHugh | Property representative |
You should arrive 45 minutes in advance of your departure time. Thank you for traveling with the Steamship!
June 25, 2018|
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Response from KMcHugh | Property representative |
Thank you for you recent inquiry. Please use our mobile site steamshipauthority for current parking and trip status. The summer is our busy season, so you will need to park in one of our off-site parking lots and take our... More