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New Bedford to Martha's Vineyard

General

Can I travel from NYC and return via New Bedford or vice versa?

Yes, Seastreak offers multiple connections to and from Martha’s Vineyard via New Bedford and NYC. For more information on alternate transportation please give us a call at 1-800-BOATRIDE to speak with a Seastreak customer service representative.

Do you offer tours of Martha’s Vineyard or any tourist information?

Not currently, but if you have any suggestions on tours or activities you’d like to see us offer, please drop us a note on our Contact page.

Do you provide transportation once I arrive on Martha’s Vineyard?

No, but there are public transportation options. Vineyard Transit Authority (VTA), and Atlantic Cab.

How long does a typical trip take from New Bedford to Martha’s Vineyard?

From New Bedford, the trip is typically an hour travel time. Keep in mind that travel times may vary due to weather, tides, sea conditions, and/or other unforeseen circumstances.

If I am flying in from out of state, which airport should I fly in to?

We recommend flying to TF Green airport located in Providence, Rhode Island. From Providence, we are approximately 45 minutes. We recommend Yes We Van for transportation between Providence and our New Bedford Terminal. Reservations can be made by calling 1-304-GOBYVAN or online.

Is there parking available?

Yes! There are several parking options for ferry passengers.

The parking lot operated by the City of New Bedford is located approximately 1/2 mile from the terminal with free shuttle service provided to and from the lot. The parking fee is $12 per calendar day and is subject to change without notice. The fee will be collected upon leaving the parking lot. Credit cards are accepted. Reservations do not need to be made for parking.

There are two parking options available at the ferry dock. Premium parking is uncovered parking available for $20 per calendar day. Platinum parking is covered parking available for $25 per calendar day. The fee will be collected upon check-in before boarding our vessel. You will be provided with a permit pass to place in the window of your car.

What happens if the ferry is cancelled?

Over the last two years of operation we have had very few instances where we have needed to cancel all of our trips due to weather. If a weather cancellation should take place during a departure you are booked on, we make every effort to contact you using the telephone number and email address provided in your reservation and arrange the most efficient way possible to get you to or from the island.

New Bedford Departures: Ticketed passengers who have not yet departed from New Bedford will be offered either an exchange for a ticket on a different day or a full refund.

What happens if the ferry is delayed due to weather?

Seastreak cannot guarantee any trip length as travel times may vary due to weather, tides, sea conditions, and/or other unforeseen circumstances. Seastreak at its sole and absolute discretion reserves the right to cancel any scheduled trip and/or substitute another vessel without liability if it becomes necessary for any reason. Seastreak does not guarantee that the service shall depart or arrive at the time stated in the schedule and will not be liable for any additional travel costs incurred by the passenger as a result of any cancellation or delay.

When should I plan to arrive before my scheduled departure?

We recommend arriving at least 30-45 minutes before your departure. Boarding will begin 40 minutes prior to the departure. Reservations not picked up 10 minutes prior to a departure may be released to stand-by passengers.

Where do you depart from in Martha’s Vineyard?

We depart from Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard, MA.

Seastreak Ferry Terminal at Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard
1 Seaview Avenue
Oak Bluffs, MA 02557

Where is Martha’s Vineyard?

Martha’s Vineyard is an island located south of Cape Cod in Massachusetts.

Reservations & Ticketing

Are there child rates?

Yes, for children 12 and under. Please see the regular and holiday child fares on the Martha’s Vineyard page.

Do you allow unaccompanied minors?

Seastreak reserves the right not to accept any passenger under the age of 13 years, unless accompanied by an adult.

Is there a special discount for seniors?

Yes, we do offer a senior discount to/from New Bedford.

What if I need to change or cancel my reservation?

All reservations are non-refundable. We are happy to exchange a reservation for you provided there is space available on the departure date and time you wish to exchange to. If you need to exchange your reservation, a fee will be charged.

For passengers traveling between New Bedford to Martha’s Vineyard: Passengers who need to make changes to their reservations will be charged a service fee per ticket (One Way change service fee: $5, Round Trip change service fee: $10).

If you are unable to travel on the date you reserved for, the reservation may be applied towards another reservation and are good for 1 year from the original intended date of travel. Seastreak must be notified on or before your original travel date in order for your reservation to be honored at a later date. Reserved tickets not picked up within 10 minutes prior to a departure may be released to stand-by customers.

Do I have to pay for my ticket when I make a reservation?

Yes, pre-payment in full is required to secure a reservation. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.

Can I purchase tickets on the boat?

Purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended. Tickets may be purchased at the vessel on the day of travel on a first come basis, however we cannot guarantee seating and availability.

Do you accept stand-by reservations?

If a departure is sold out, we will try to accommodate passengers that wish to stand-by for boarding. If you would like to stand-by for a sold-out departure, you must purchase a ticket for the next available boat in the ticket office. Stand-by passengers are boarded on a first-come, first-serve basis from the stand-by line located at the boarding gate. All stand-by passengers must be parked and present at the terminal in the stand-by line when unclaimed reservations are released. Unclaimed reservations will be released 3-5 minutes prior to departure after all ticketed passengers have been boarded.

How do I obtain my tickets?

All passengers must present a valid confirmation letter along with proper identification to check in with the on duty Seastreak Representative to receive his/her tickets prior to boarding the vessel.

What are the ticket office hours at Oak Bluffs, MA?

The Oak Bluffs ticket office is open Monday – Sunday from 9:00 AM until 8:30 PM.

Onboard

Do you have restrictions on baggage?

Two small/medium sized pieces of luggage are permitted per passenger. All luggage must be carried to the second deck. No luggage will be allowed in the main cabin. Luggage cannot be left un-attended at the terminal or on the pier. Combustible materials cannot be brought on board. We do reserve the right to screen all passenger baggage.

Can we bring pets onboard for the trip to Martha’s Vineyard?

We love our pets and we’re glad you do too! We welcome pets onboard most of our trips.

For passengers traveling from New Bedford to Martha’s Vineyard: Yes, we do welcome dogs aboard our vessels traveling from New Bedford to Martha’s Vineyard. All dogs must be leashed at all times in and around the terminal and while on board. We do also ask that dogs not be permitted to ride on the seats while on board. The Captains reserve the right to deny boarding to any dog if he/she feels that there would be a threat to other passengers. Please remember to clean up after your pet.

Can I bring my car, motorcycle, moped, or motor scooter?

Seastreak ferries are designed to carry passengers and are not equipped to carry vehicles. Coast Guard regulations do not allow us to transport engine powered vehicles or gasoline.

Do you screen luggage?

Yes. All of our vessels and terminals have USCG approved security plans in effect. Per 33 CFR 104/105, we must ensure the implementation of security measures designed to protect the safety and security of our passengers, vessels and facilities. Per this regulation, Seastreak reserves the right to screen persons, baggage and personal effects for dangerous substances or devices. Further, entrance to Seastreak facilities and/or vessels is deemed valid consent to screening or inspection. Failure to consent or submit to screening or inspection will result in denial or revocation of authorization to enter our facilities or vessels.

Will I get sea sick onboard your vessel?

We have the lowest incidences of motion sickness among passenger ferry services in the North East for the following reasons: 1) our short 24 mile route to and from Martha’s Vineyard from New Bedford has us pass through two protected sounds, 2) catamarans offer the benefit of stability, and 3) our vessels are equipped with a computer aided ride control system that senses and counteracts the wave motion.

However, inclement weather can occur and those who are sensitive to motion sickness should take that into consideration when traveling on board any vessel.

Can we bring bicycles?

Yes! We do transport bicycles for a nominal fee. Charges are listed on our Routes & Schedules page. Please be sure to include that you’ll be bringing a bicycle when booking your reservation.

Do you have food and drinks for sale onboard?

Yes! All Seastreak ferries have a full cash bar serving spirits, beer, wine and soft drinks as well as bagged snacks. We allow passengers to bring food onboard, we just ask that you do not bring hard coolers onboard.

Is the boat enclosed?

The Seastreak catamarans have either two or three decks. The Lower Deck is entirely indoor, the Second Deck is half indoor and half outdoor, and the Third Deck is entirely outdoor.

Policies

Are taxes included in the fare price?

Express Ferry Service 2015 fares include all applicable fuel surcharges and Commonwealth of MA embarkation fees.

Do 10-Trip ticket books expire?

All 10-Trip ticket books are valid for one year from the date of purchase and are for use by no more than two passengers per trip. When making reservations, only one transaction/round trip may be made at a time.

Do infants or children need a ticket to board the ferry?

Infants and children traveling for free MUST HAVE A TICKET to board the ferry. No exceptions will be made.

Children 12 and under are free with a paid adult. 2 children per 1 paying adult. Not valid on the 9:00am sailing to MV and the 5:45pm sailing to New Bedford during July 1- Sept 3 season (Saturday and Sunday only).

What is your refund policy for this trip?

All tickets are non-refundable. If you wish to exchange your ticket to a different date or time, a $5.00 service fee will be charged, subject to availability.

Can I bring my car, motorcycle, moped, or motor scooter?

Seastreak ferries are designed to carry passengers and are not equipped to carry vehicles. Coast Guard regulations do not allow us to transport engine powered vehicles or gasoline.

Do you accept stand-by reservations?

If a departure is sold out, we will try to accommodate passengers that wish to stand-by for boarding. If you would like to stand-by for a sold-out departure, you must purchase a ticket for the next available boat in the ticket office. Stand-by passengers are boarded on a first-come, first-serve basis from the stand-by line located at the boarding gate. All stand-by passengers must be parked and present at the terminal in the stand-by line when unclaimed reservations are released. Unclaimed reservations will be released 3-5 minutes prior to departure after all ticketed passengers have been boarded.

What happens if the ferry is cancelled?

Over the last two years of operation we have had very few instances where we have needed to cancel all of our trips due to weather. If a weather cancellation should take place during a departure you are booked on, we make every effort to contact you using the telephone number and email address provided in your reservation and arrange the most efficient way possible to get you to or from the island.

New Bedford Departures: Ticketed passengers who have not yet departed from New Bedford will be offered either an exchange for a ticket on a different day or a full refund.

What happens if the ferry is delayed due to weather?

Seastreak cannot guarantee any trip length as travel times may vary due to weather, tides, sea conditions, and/or other unforeseen circumstances. Seastreak at its sole and absolute discretion reserves the right to cancel any scheduled trip and/or substitute another vessel without liability if it becomes necessary for any reason. Seastreak does not guarantee that the service shall depart or arrive at the time stated in the schedule and will not be liable for any additional travel costs incurred by the passenger as a result of any cancellation or delay.

Do you offer group discounts?

Yes, we love groups and will do everything possible to accommodate their needs! Please give us a call to speak with our group sales coordinator at 1-800-BOATRIDE (1-800-262-8743).