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Steamship Authority 2021 Reservation Opening Dates


Nantucket Travel

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Wondering when you need to book your reservation to bring your car to Nantucket on your next summer vacation? Fisher thanks the Steamship Authority for this information on 2021 Reservation Opening Dates. Many of our clients book their rentals as they make their vehicle reservations in early January. Visit our rental database to see what’s available, or reach out to a Fisher Rental Agent to help you with your search.


Link to the Steamship Authority’s Website 

Reservations & Information 1-508-477-8600

Current Reservation Period

The Steamship Authority is now accepting reservations for travel now through March 31, 2021. Reservation opening dates and information for travel during the 2021 summer season (May 19 through October 18, 2021) are listed below.

2021 Headstart Program

Headstart: January 5 – 11, 2021

On Tuesday, January 5, 2021, Headstart customers (who must be in our Excursion and Preferred programs to participate) may make reservations for travel from May 19, 2021 through October 18, 2021 online and via U.S. mail. Martha’s Vineyard Preferred Space will be available beginning at 7:30 a.m. Nantucket Preferred Space will be available beginning at 6:45 a.m.

Please visit and scroll down to the Reservation Forms to download the Headstart Program Information and Application.

Transferable Headstart Reservations

Three of the five Headstart transactions may be designated as transferable reservations. A transfer slip will be sent and must be returned no later than May 15, 2021 or 30 days prior to the scheduled departure of the first segment of the reservation. Customers must provide their name, address and the year, make and model of the vehicle traveling. A confirmation will then be sent to the customer.

2021 Nantucket General Internet Opening: January 12 – January 18, 2021

Beginning at 5:00 am on January 12, 2021, reservations for travel to Nantucket only from May 19, 2021 through October 18, 2021 may be made via the internet. Reservation requests will also be accepted through the mail. Up to five transactions (one-way or round-trip) will be accepted per mailing. All reservations mail requests will be processed as received, beginning on January 12, 2021.  Office hours from January 12 & 13, 2021 will be from 5:00 am to 6:00 pm to provide additional support for our internet/web customers.

2021 Fall Reservation Opening: Beginning Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Reservations for travel from October 19, 2021 through January 4, 2022 may be made via the internet,  the telephone or in person. Up to five transactions (one-way or round-trip) will be accepted per telephone call. Reservations can also be submitted via the mail.

Please note: When making a vehicle reservation, you must provide the year, make, model, and license plate number of the vehicle you will be transporting. All vehicle reservations are non-transferable.