Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Getting to Martha's Vineyard by Ferry

Seasoned Vineyard visitors, Vineyard summer home owners or those that are coming to vacation in a Martha’s Vineyard vacation rental, advance car ferry reservations are a very good idea when you’re trying to get across with your car during the peak summer weeks. It can seem like a daunting task, but if you follow what is written below it will truly help simplify it!

This year, advance car ferry reservations are required for all Fridays through Mondays from June 22 to September 3, 2012 as well as for Memorial Day weekend ( May 25 – 29) and Columbus Day weekend (October 5 – 8). While not required, weekend reservations for the rest of June and September aren’t a bad idea. The Steamship Authority has a handy document with all its ferry reservation policies, rates and schedules.
At 8 a.m. January 17th - Advance car reservations for this summer go on sale online at the Steamship Authority Website It can often be a “race to the finish” so do not hesitate to act early.
You will need a profile number to be able to book online with the Steamship Authority. If you don’t have one already, set that up in advance, it’s a big time-saver.
On January 24th (a week later than online) -  Reservations by phone will be taken. Be sure to get the name of the ticket agent you speak to.
HINT: If you can’t get your first choice of date and/or time, DO buy a ticket and put your name on the waiting list, most travelers have learned they end up doing ok going that route.
Do not hesitate to call us at Sandcastle Vacation Home s (dba Sandcastle Realty Inc.) with any questions or concerns. We have been in this business for a long time and are a great resource!

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