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Review of Island Queen Ferry

Island Queen Ferry
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US$99.00*
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Day Trip to Martha's Vineyard
Ranked #2 of 56 things to do in Falmouth
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Owner description: The Fun Way to Martha's Vineyard! Sail away on the Island Queen from Falmouth, Cape Cod and you will experience Martha's Vineyard within just 35-minutes. Convenient parking just 200 yards from the dock. Enjoy our enclosed lounge, outside decks, full-service snack bar and our friendly crew! Daily sailings beginning at 9:00am from late May to mid October. Children ages 4 & under travel free! Group discounts for 20 or more passenger available.
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Reviewed 17 August 2017

The trip to Martha's Vineyard from Falmouth is the way to go if you are going to the Vineyard. Less traffic hassle and less distance. You are asked to be there 30 mins. before sailing and if you don't take an early sailing, parking is at a premium. It's a nice 45 min ride on a very clean vessel with refreshments and rest rooms. I would recommend staying as far forward as possible due to engine noise in the rear. Getting off is easy and I would suggest avoiding the last trip back.

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Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

We debated this ferry over the others, this was the fastest and closest to where we were staying. My children seemed annoyed that we arrived so early but once we saw the MASSIVE line behind us it seemed worth it. It is VERY large and I couldn't imagine how many people it takes to fill. However when returning from MV be SURE you are early especially on the last few ferries. I heard a few people saying they hadn't gotten on the previous one. A last minute hotel on the island can be expensive and hard to find if you miss the last one!

Thank Maygon
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Reviewed 16 August 2017

The ride was pleasant and the ferry ariived on time. But there was one flaw. There is no covered shelter for waiting travelers on the Oak Bluffs side. So if it is pouring rain and if are we expected to be there 45 minutes early in order to guarantee a spot on the ferry, then we would be soaked wet even with umbrellas. It definitely needs improvement on that front. This waiting area needs to have a covered shelter arrangement. And more conveniently located restrooms on the Oak Bluffs side would help passengers.

Thank Neeraja V
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IslandQueenCapeCod, General Manager at Island Queen Ferry, responded to this reviewResponded 17 August 2017

Thank you Neeraja for your review. Unfortunately, the Oak Bluffs waiting are is owned by the Town of Oak Bluffs and the ferry companies pay a fee to the town to dock there. Over the many years that we have been in service we have asked Oak Bluffs to consider providing some form of protection to passengers waiting to board the various ferries that dock there. If you felt so inclined, we certainly would appreciate your sharing your thoughts by writing to Robert Whritenour, Town Administrator, at rwhritenour@oakbluffsma.gov

Thank you for choosing the Island Queen for your travels to Martha's Vineyard.

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Reviewed 14 August 2017

I really liked the Island Queen Ferry. I found the web booking, ticket taking, ferry loading, ferry ride and disembarking process to be executed perfectly.

If you are trying to decide on the best way to get to the Vineyard, there are two travel time aspects to consider. The closest land mass point is between Falmouth on the Cape and Oak Bluffs on the Vineyard. If you are staying in Falmouth, the choice is easy. If you are elsewhere on the Cape like Sandwich, Chatham or even P-town, you are trading drive time versus cost. You can take a high speed ferry out of Hyannis, but it's costlier and has a longer ocean ferry time. If you take the high speed Island Queen Ferry out of Falmouth, it's cheaper and shorter; however, you have a longer drive on land to get to the port. We chose cheaper.

We used the Hyannis Ferry later in the week. I liked Island Queen Ferry better. The ferry itself is really nice. Lines begin forming in a first-come first-served basis. There are plenty of seats. There are three decks of seating. Two of them are outdoors, while one on the lowest deck is indoors. You can move freely between them while the Ferry is in motion. They have a drink bar, but the trip is so short it's not really worth it for me.

This Ferry does not have assigned times to return. You will be given a little ticket stub. When you are done exploring the Vineyard, head to the port where you landed and get in line. Island Ferry promises not to leave anyone holding a ticket. The lines tend to be long for the last two rides of the day.

Parking at Falmouth is really easy, but I found the online maps and explanations to be confusing. I was not clear on where to park. Basically, the parking lot is about 2-3 blocks up the same street where you board. Lock your map on 75 Falmouth Heights Rd in Falmouth. When you are a few blocks from the destination look to your right for a fenced parking lot. Guys are standing at the gate. Reservations are strongly recommended. They fill up, so you want to make sure you get a spot. If you just wing it, you might get a spot, but then you might be left without parking.

Things to consider when booking this Ferry. Martha's vineyard is shaped like a triangle. You will be docking at the tip of a triangle at Oak Bluff. That town is okay, but the crown jewels are at the base of the triangle points. Edgartown (pronounced Ah-gah-town) is beautiful and must be visited. It's on the SE corner of the triangle. Aquinnah Cliffs are on the opposite SW corner. You need transportation to get there. When booking your ferry keep this in mind. Options are bus service or renting a car. Bikes are not an option unless you are into 60 mile rides.

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Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

Had the pleasure to ride the Island Queen for the first time. There is plenty of handicap parking right at the pier ticket office. Vehicle parking is about 150 yards away and cistv $15/day. The ride was smooth and there is a snack bar on board. Make sure you arrive no less than 30 minutes before departure.

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