SSA trips impacted by high winds

The Steamship Authority is warning travelers about potential cancellations. —Eunki Seonwoo

Updated Dec. 11

Steamship Authority (SSA) trips were impacted this weekend because of strong winds. 

“The National Weather Service has issued a storm warning and high wind warning starting later this evening through Monday afternoon, Cape Cod and the Islands,” the SSA announced online on Sunday. “High winds are likely to cause cancellations on both the Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket routes, starting Sunday evening and through Monday afternoon.”

Several trips were canceled or consolidated on both days due to weather conditions, with the majority of the cancellations occurring on the Nantucket route.

According to the National Weather Service, both Vineyard Haven and Woods Hole will be experiencing wind speeds over 30 mph starting Sunday night, which will lessen on Monday afternoon. Gusts of up to 45 mph occurred on Monday. A high wind warning was in place until 11 am on Monday. 

The SSA will be waiving change and cancellation fees for all travel from noon on Sunday, Dec. 10, through Monday, Dec. 11. To change or modify a reservation, visit, call the reservation office at 508-477-8600, or visit one of the SSA terminals.


  1. Wind direction matters. SSA is fear mongering and causing undue stress to travelers. I work retail. Have spoken to many people in the last few days worried about boat’s not running. All I would do is check, see the wind speed and direction and know the boats would run. It’s beyond absurd the the SSA doesn’t know that as well. Just another failure.

    • What is you experience in managing ferry boats?
      Will you be the first to complain when there is a weather related injury?
      Will you second guess?

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