Food & Drink
Snack and drink vending machines are available on many of North Carolina's ferries and at most ferry terminals. Coffee is not provided on sound-class vessels, and meals are not served on any ferry.
Alcoholic beverages and smoking are strictly prohibited aboard all ferry vessels.
Restrooms are available at each ferry terminal and on vessels.
Pets are permitted on ferries, but they must be kept in vehicles or on leashes at all times, and owners must clean up after their pets. Horses must be transported on board in a horse trailer.
Facilities are available for people with disabilities at all ferry terminals, and all ferries on Cedar Island-Ocracoke and Swan Quarter-Ocracoke routes accommodate wheelchairs.
Some boats on other routes do not have restroom accommodations for individuals with disabilities. Any ferries built in the future, however, will.
Safety & Security
All ferry vessels have life vests, including those for children, for passenger capacity. Life rafts and rescue boats are also on board each vessel, along with a trained and certified crew with life-saving and CPR credentials. Each vessel also has a defibrillator on board and approved safety plans in place.
Prior to boarding, passengers might be asked to show a photo ID, and vehicles might be subject to random screening.
Under federal law, the N.C. Ferry Division reserves the right to refuse passage to travelers who choose not to provide photo identification or undergo random security screenings. (Learn more about ferry security.)