The general public will be able to book summer vehicle reservations to the Vineyard on Feb. 14, starting at 8 a.m. – two weeks after the reservations were previously scheduled to open. 


For three of the last six years, the opening day of summer vehicle reservations with the Steamship Authority has been plagued by technology problems.

After vowing that Tuesday’s online opening for auto reservations for the Martha’s Vineyard route would run more smoothly than the chaotic Nantucket opening day, the results did not bear out the promise.

Next Tuesday will be different. That was the pledge from the Steamship Authority this week after a series of website problems marred the opening day for online summer reservations on the Nantucket route.


Thousands of people logged onto the Steamship Authority website hours before dawn Tuesday, breaking records on the opening day of summer ferry reservations.


The Steamship Authority was hit with a debilitating ransomware attack early Wednesday that reverberated across operations, crashing the website, halting vehicle reservations and crippling internal communication systems.