The annual Martha’s Vineyard ferry reservation dance is about to begin. January 17th — mark the day, 8 a.m. more specifically, that’s the first time advance car reservations for this summer go on sale online at the Steamship Authority Website.
Whether you are a veteran Vineyard visitor, first time vacation home renter, or Vineyard summer home owner, advance car ferry reservations are mandatory when you’re trying to get here during the peak summer weeks.
This year, advance car ferry reservations are required for all Fridays through Mondays from June 22 to September 3, 2012. Same reservation policy is in effect 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.
Save Time Get A Profile Number
You 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, as tickets for the prime weeks and times go quickly. If you can’t get your first choice, DO buy a ticket and put your name on the waiting list, most travelers have learned they end up doing ok going that route.
Other Things To Know
Reservations by phone are not being taken by the Steamship Authority until January 24th — a week later than online. However, mail-in reservations will also be processed beginning January 17th. By the way, if you are not bringing a car onto the Vineyard, no need to worry about advance reservations at all. To everyone else, good luck!