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New Jersey / New York City 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 NJ/NYC to Martha’s Vineyard?

From NYC/NJ, the trip is approximately five hours. Keep in mind that travel times may vary due to weather, tides, sea conditions, and/or other unforeseen circumstances.

Is there parking available?

Yes! There are several parking options for ferry passengers.

Passengers may park in the Highlands, NJ lot for Martha’s Vineyard weekend trips free of charge. If you wish to park in the Highlands lot for the weekend, you must supply your name, make/model of car, and license plate information with a Seastreak ticketing agent. Providing this information to the ticketing agent will ensure your car will not be towed during the extended parking.

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.

NYC Departures: Ticketed passengers who have not yet departed from NYC will be offered either an exchange for a ticket on a different day, a full refund, or alternative transportation via luxury motor coach (if available) to New Bedford, Massachusetts, where you will be transported to Martha’s Vineyard on a Seastreak high-speed ferry. By using this option, passengers will have the convenience of returning via our fast ferry, at no additional charge, to E. 35th St. in NYC, or to the Highlands ferry terminal in NJ.

Martha’s Vineyard Departures: Ticketed passengers that are on Martha’s Vineyard at the time of the cancellation will be transferred on a Seastreak ferry which will arrive in New Bedford, MA, where they will then be transported via motor coach to Grand Central Station NYC and the Highlands Ferry Terminal. This alternate transportation option will be offered at the time of cancellation in exchange for their Martha’s Vineyard to NYC/NJ departure ferry ticket. Passengers can also choose to use their ticket on another day (subject to availability), or may choose to return to NYC/NJ via another means of transportation and receive refund of the unused portion of their ticket (valid ticket must be presented to a ticket agent in order to qualify for this 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

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.

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?

Due to the length of the trip, Seastreak reserves the right not to accept any passenger under the age of 16 years unless accompanied by an adult.

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.

Is there a special discount for seniors?

No, we do not offer a senior discount on this trip.

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.

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 from NYC/NJ to Martha’s Vineyard: Passengers who need to make changes to their reservations prior to departure will be charged a $50.00 service fee per ticket for a round trip and $25.00 for a one way.

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.

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 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.

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. Unfortunately due to the long length, of the trip we cannot transport pets from NYC/NJ to Martha’s Vineyard.

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

What is your refund policy for this trip?

ALL TICKETS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.  Should you fail to make your scheduled departure time, your ticket will no longer be valid, and therefore you will be required to make a new reservation.

If you wish to make a change to your reservation prior to departure, a $50.00 service fee per round trip ticket and $25.00 service fee per one way ticket will be charged.

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. Unfortunately due to the long length, of the trip we cannot transport pets from NYC/NJ to Martha’s Vineyard.

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.

NYC Departures: Ticketed passengers who have not yet departed from NYC will be offered either an exchange for a ticket on a different day, a full refund, or alternative transportation via luxury motor coach (if available) to New Bedford, Massachusetts, where you will be transported to Martha’s Vineyard on a Seastreak high-speed ferry. By using this option, passengers will have the convenience of returning via our fast ferry, at no additional charge, to E. 35th St. in NYC, or to the Highlands ferry terminal in NJ.

Martha’s Vineyard Departures: Ticketed passengers that are on Martha’s Vineyard at the time of the cancellation will be transferred on a Seastreak ferry which will arrive in New Bedford, MA, where they will then be transported via motor coach to Grand Central Station NYC and the Highlands Ferry Terminal. This alternate transportation option will be offered at the time of cancellation in exchange for their Martha’s Vineyard to NYC/NJ departure ferry ticket. Passengers can also choose to use their ticket on another day (subject to availability), or may choose to return to NYC/NJ via another means of transportation and receive refund of the unused portion of their ticket (valid ticket must be presented to a ticket agent in order to qualify for this 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.