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The Steamship Authority

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Address: 69 South St, Hyannis, MA 02601-4013
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+1 508-477-8600

The Steamship Authority is the largest ferry service to the Island of...

The Steamship Authority is the largest ferry service to the Island of Nantucket from Cape Cod. We offer the lowest fares and the most frequent daily departures for passengers, automobiles and trucks. Our ferries to Nantucket depart from the iconic Hyannis Harbor. Please note, we offer limited premium on-site parking as well as off-site parking with free shuttle service. Check our mobile site for current parking and trip status.

Our seasonal high-speed passenger-only ferry, the M/V Iyanough, gets you to Nantucket - dock-to-dock - in just an hour. Enjoy great savings with our special $50 same-day, round-trip, available Monday - Thursday, April - December.

For a perfect day trip Nantucket makes wonderful destinations - with magnificent beaches, charming scenery and fabulous shopping and dining.

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its a boat ride to the vineyard

So who really cares how well appointed the boat is. Just a bit expensive to travel a car across.. but its the Vineyard and its worth it.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 February 2017
Christopher W
Amelia Island, Florida
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Amelia Island, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

So who really cares how well appointed the boat is. Just a bit expensive to travel a car across.. but its the Vineyard and its worth it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017

if your looking to hop the island steamship is the way to go. Steamship has both a fast ferry and slow ferry, both have plenty of seating

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

I live within whistle hearing of the Hyannis Terminal of The Steamship Authority. I can see their watercraft entering and leaving Hyannis Harbor and pulling up to the dock. I took the opportunity to take a day trip to Nantucket at the end of the Summer of 2016. The high speed ferry makes the trip across Nantucket Sound seem like... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

We took the ferry to Martha's vineyard and the 60 minute sail was great. We didn't know that we had the option to ferry our SUV as well so we had to take the buses to get around at Martha's.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

My family and I grew up in Martha's Vineyard, We have since moved "off island" and occasionally go home to see the old stomping grounds. There are 2 options to travel to the Vineyard. We always choose the Steamship Authority because of speed, efficiency, friendliness, and cleanliness. Parking is off site with comfortable and spacious buses.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

Easy to book. Ferry ride was good but Parking is a headache. Not allowed on actual property. Drove to parking lot recommend and it was closed. Had to drive 20 mins out of our way to the other one to be transported to ferry and back after.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

We took the ferry to Nantucket for the day and it was an efficient service. We took the 09:15 hrs boat that was a 2.25 hours in length and the sun was out so we were able to enjoy the great weather. We sat outside on the outgoing trip, the chairs and tables are nailed down but I would imagine... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

We loved this ferry! Fast, efficient way to get to Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard...majestic ride on the ocean!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

The ferry to Nantucket from Hyannis was super simple. It would have been nice for the cafe on board to offer more healthy options, but overall, the experience was just fine.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Fun ride to Martha's Vineyard. Long line to board moves fairly quickly. I always go up top and hang out on the rail to watch the scenery. The inside can get humid and crowded. I prefer the fresh air. There is food on board. Also, an elevator for the disabled. Staff is friendly and helpful.

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