This are contains information pertaining to:
Pricing and during-the-week information.
PARKING: Where, when and How
LUGGAGE: Size, Weight, Tagging
ON THE DOCK: Things to remember (New Shoalers
should see the information on the New Shoaler
DIRECTIONS: Directions To Portsmouth,
Public & Private Transportation, Overnight Accommodations
TRANSPORTATION: Public & Private
Transportation contact information
OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS: Link to Hotels
and Motels in the area.
MV Thomas Laighton & MV Challenger
The Isles of Shoals Steamship Company (ISSCO) will
provide transportation from their dock on Market Street in Portsmouth to
Star Island for conference guests and other overnight visitors aboard
the M/V Thomas Laighton. The Laighton is a 90-foot vessel, with three
decks, two of which are fully enclosed and heated. It has the capacity
to hold 300, and has many amenities, including a snack bar, several
washrooms, comfortable deck chairs, and the boat is
2019 August Schedule is HERE!
If you are registered to attend a conference your boat
reservations are already made. All you have to do is come to the boat
dock in Portsmouth. You will be directed to an area to leave luggage and
to another area on the dock for parking. Make your plans so that you
arrive at the dock about an hour and a half before your boat is
scheduled to depart. Because the dock is located in downtown Portsmouth,
you will be able to explore the town and grab lunch at a local eatery
after check-in, so long as you return to the dock by 2:00 to begin
MV Uncle Oscar
Island Cruises, Inc, out of Rye Harbor, NH offers an
alternative to ISSCO. Boat fares are included in the Room and Board fee for
a round trip from Portsmouth, NH to Star Island on the M/V Thomas Laighton. Those who use Island Cruise's M/V Uncle Oscar out of Rye, NH will need to
pay the fee according to the 2019
Boats run on schedule with few exceptions—when the
weather or other factors may make it necessary to change the departure
time. Delays and cancellations will be posted on this website. When in
doubt, call the Star Island Front Desk to confirm (603) 601-0832. It is
always a good idea to arrive at the dock with a cushion of time whether
departing from Portsmouth or the Island.
Parking for Conferees is available at the Steamship
Company dock. It is very important that you arrive during the designated
“arrival period” to ensure your baggage makes it on the luggage boat
which leaves before the departure of the conferee boat. You will be
directed where to park by the parking attendant when you arrive at the
dock on the first day of the conference. We ask that in order to prevent
a traffic backup that “friendly greetings” please occur after the
unloading and parking of automobiles. Vehicles must be removed
immediately upon your return to Portsmouth or your vehicle risks being
“blocked in” by others parking for future trips and/or conferences.
The parking fee is $10 per vehicle per day or any part
of a day, thus a car parked from Saturday to Saturday is charged $80.
This charge will be added to your room and board bill.
If you are arriving in Portsmouth on a day other than
your conference start date, check in with the Steamship Company parking
attendant to receive instructions about where to park. Special needs
parking is limited. Please be advised that you may be required to park
in the municipal parking garage on Hanover Street, a couple of blocks
from the dock. Upon arrival on Star, you must check in with the front
desk staff. If you are departing on a day other than the standard
conference departure day please be sure to inform the gate attendant
upon your arrival at the dock so that you are not blocked in by other
The Star Island Corporation, Isles of Shoals Steamship
Company and the Pease Development Authority, Division of Ports and
Harbors, assume no responsibility for cars parked in the designated Star
Island parking lot.
Luggage must be limited to:
- One small carry-on bag (a backpack or small
zippered tote, including your personal items)
- A specialty item (such as a musical instrument,
easel, or tennis racket)
One checked bag (a duffle bag without wheels is
preferable)—limit 40 lbs. per person OR
Two smaller checked bags – limit 25 lbs. per bag
Bags exceeding the weight limits cannot be
transported. Color coded room tags will be provided by the island staff
when conferees check in at the dock in Portsmouth, and should be affixed
to the “checked” luggage item. The boat crew will then load these
items onto the island’s workboat.
Although we make every effort to handle luggage with
care, conferees should be advised that Star Island Corporation and Isles
of Shoals Steamship Company (ISSCO.) assume no responsibility for the
handling, damage, or loss of any luggage belonging to Star Island
guests. Conferees are urged to leave rare or valuable items at home or,
if they must be brought, to handle them personally. Belongings should be
consolidated and securely packed; loosely packed items run the risk of
being damaged or dropped in the water during handling. Conferees are not
permitted to bring alcohol aboard the Thomas Laighton (so alcohol should
not be packed in carry-on baggage). Neither Star Island Corporation nor
the Steamship Company has professionally trained luggage handlers.
ON THE DOCK:
to arrive a the Star Island Dock at least one
hour prior to
departure of the conference boats for Star Island.
a jacket or sweater for the boat ride to Star Island, no matter how
hot it is ion the mainland. It will be cooler on the water!
Attendants in the booth will direct you where to unload luggage and
where to park.
for the LOAS Registration Table and pick up your Name Tag.
old friends, make new friends and get excited!
From the South:
I-95 North to NH Exit 7. RIGHT at
From the North:
I-95 South to NH Exit 7. LEFT at lights.
From the West:
(Routes 4 and 16) pick up I-95 North at
the Portsmouth Traffic circle to NH Exit 7. From Route 33 (old 101)
take Interstate-95 North to Exit 7.
From Exit 7, turn towards downtown
Portsmouth (EAST). The entrance is approximately 3/4 mile on the left,
across from the Portsmouth Sheraton and next to the salt piles.
Both of the following companies provide transport to
and from Portsmouth and the airports in Boston, MA and Manchester, NH.
Both require advanced reservations, and both drop off at the Sheraton
Hotel, Portsmouth, or at other locations by request.
- Flight Line Airport Express, (800) 245-2525,
- Seacoast Airport Service, (866) 431-1580,
- C&J Bus Service: (800) 258-7111, www.ridecj.com,
located at 185 Grafton Road in Portsmouth
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- Greyhound Bus Lines: (800) 231-2222,
www.greyhound.com, “terminal” in downtown Portsmouth, a short
walk from the dock
- Blue Star Taxi, (603) 436-2774
- Anchor Taxi, (603) 436-1888
For a listing of overnight accommodations in the Portsmouth area,
contact the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 239,
Portsmouth, NH 03820 603-436-3988 www.portsmouthchamber.org.
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