Martha's Vineyard is an island situated south of Cape Cod (Massachusetts), famous for being a flourishing summer colony. It includes smaller Chappaquiddick Island, which is ordinarily connected to the bigger island, though hurricanes and storms have been known to separate the two, with the last such separation in 2007. As of April 2, 2015, Chappaquiddick and Martha's Vineyard Island are again connected. The total area of Martha's Vineyard Island is 226.6 km2 (87.48 ml2).
Often called "The Vineyard", the isle is the 58th largest in the United States and the 3rd largest on the East Coast of the US, following Long Island and Mount Desert Island. Martha's Vineyard Island constitutes the lot of Dukes County, Massachusetts. The county includes Elizabeth Islands and the island of Nomans Land, as well.
The island was home to one of the earliest deaf communities in the US. Consequently, Martha's Vineyard Sign Language (MVSL, a special sign language), developed on the island.
In 2010 the population of The Vineyard included 16,535 residents, though the summer population swells to over 100,000 people. Around 56% of the homes are seasonally occupied and Martha's Vineyard is mostly known as summer colony, accessible only by air or boat. However, since the 1960s its year-round population has considerably grown, and each decade from 1970 it grew about a third.
A study by Martha's Vineyard Commission showed that the cost of living on the isle is 60% higher than the national average. Housing prices are the astonishing 96% higher. Another study of housing needs found that the weekly wage on The Vineyard was "71% of the state average, the median home price was 54% above the state's and the median rent exceeded the state's by 17%".
Highlights: Oak Bluffs, Vineyard Haven, Summer resort, Chappaquiddick Island
Martha's Vineyard Island cruise terminal
Cruise ships to Martha's Vineyard Island dock (anchor) at Oak Bluffs - port town on the northeastern coast.
Port Martha's Vineyard Island cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Martha's Vineyard Island, Massachusetts. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
|Day||Ship||Arrival||Departure||Next Port of Call|
|24 May, 2018|
|Hebridean Sky||Boston, Massachusetts|
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