For the easiest handicap access, you can bring your car, van, or truck over on a barge, by appointment with Beal & Bunker, tel. (207) 244-3575, or J.P. Berzinis, Inc., tel. (207) 244-5525. However, this method is more expensive than the regularly-scheduled ferries.
Regular ferries running daily to the Cranberry Isles are passenger-only; they do not take cars or vans. They do accommodate handicap customers.
In all cases, of course, you must go from a float, over the gunwale (ship's side), and onto the ferry. The captain and deck hand are always available to assist boarding.
|Access at:||Beal & Bunker Mailboat||Cranberry Cove Ferry|
|Mt. Desert||Northeast Harbor
drive-on dock; float with ramp
drive near dock, 4 floats with ramps
Southwest Harbor Upper Town Dock
steps; float with ramp
|Great Cranberry||steps or, upon request, to float with 80' ADA-compatible ramp||float with 80' ADA-compatible ramp|
|float with 40' ramp||float with 40' ramp|
On both Great and Little Cranberry Islands, the terrain is gentle. You will be traveling for the most part on asphalt roads, and there are small hills but nothing really steep.
The museums and general stores on both islands are wheelchair accessible via ramps. Cranberry House, on Great Cranberry Island, has a handicap lift to the second floor Arts Center and restroom.