HYANNIS (CBS) — Waves as high as 20 feet off the coast of Massachusetts have cancelled many ferries out to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket this weekend.
Hy-Line Cruises and the Steamship Authority are not running.
“There’s no way we’re running in this kind of weather,” said Philip Scudder, owner of Hy-line Cruises. “Gusts up to 50 or 60 mph. It is the seas that are the main thing. It’s just too rough out there to make safe travel.”
Traveler Kristen Render frantically tried to rearrange her plans, but kept an upbeat attitude.
“It’s not a big deal,” Render said. “It’s nice to have some time together out of work and school.
Travelers were largely understanding that the weather had stopped the boats from running.
“It is what it is. There’s nothing they can do about the weather,” said traveler Eric Schaeffer. “I know everybody is stressed and trying to get somewhere, but there’s not much you can do. And I would rather get there than get halfway there.
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Some travelers drove from the Cape to Logan Airport in Boston to try and book flights to the Islands.
“I’ve never seen it this bad,” said Jennifer Blanchfield from California, who was trying to get to Nantucket for a reunion with college friends.
“All the ferries were cancelled so we had to spend the night in a hotel in Hyannis, hoping to get on a ferry the next morning but then all those were canceled. So we drove up to Boston thinking we had a better chance to get a flight out of here and we were booked on a flight yesterday and it was cancelled.”
Their flight Friday was cancelled too so they’ll settle for a weekend in Boston.
Dianne Boduszek and her daughter are trying to get to a family wedding on the Vineyard Saturday and tell a similar tale of woe.
“When we got to Woods Hole all the ferries were cancelled. So at that point we said well we got to get there and so we drove to Boston to hopefully catch a flight to Martha’s Vineyard if they’re still doing it tonight,” Boduszek said.