MPV Vevey

Lake Geneva
Date entered service -- 1907
Length -- 66.0m
Breadth -- 14.0m
Major re-build -- 1955
Passenger capacity -- 560 #
# - originally 750 but temporarily reduced during 2003 to 410
Based at Le Bouveret throughout the Spring/Summer/Autumn operating the " Upper Lake Circle" cruises
Based at Geneva throughout the Winter operating the "Friday evening Foundue Cruise" and the "Sunday Lunch cruises"
 
14th February 2017 Expected to operate a special evening non-landing Valentines Dinner Cruise from Lausanne on Tuesday 14th February
3rd February 2017 First sailing of the season
Planned to operate the evening Fondue Cruise from Lausanne and Morges on Friday 3rd February
 
8th January 2017 Last sailing of the extended 2016 season
Operated the Lunch Cruise from Geneva to Nyon followed by two short cruises in the Little Lake on Sunday 8th January
31st December 2016 Operated a special New Year's Eve Dinner Cruise from Geneva at 2000
28th October 2016 Moved to Geneva and operated the winter Friday evening Fondue cruise commencing Friday 28th November also the Lunch cruise commencing Sunday 30th October
31st July 2016 Operated a special evening Fireworks Cruise from the Upper Lake piers on Sunday 31st July
17th April 2016 First sailings in the Upper Lake
Operated the local 'Upper Lake sailings' for the summer season from Sunday 17th April
14th February 2016 Operated a special evening non-landing Valentines Dinner Cruise from Geneva at 2015 on Sunday 14th February after her normal lunch and afternoon cruises
5th February 2016 First sailing of the season
Operated the evening Fondue Cruise on Friday 5th February
 
3rd January 2016 Last sailing of the extended 2015 season
Operated the Lunch Cruise from Geneva to Nyon on Sunday 3rd January
31st December 2015 Operated a special New Year's Eve Dinner Cruise from Geneva at 2000
Winter 2015 Spent the winter based at Geneva and operated the Friday evening "Fondue Cruise" and the Sunday "Lunch Cruise" each week
31st July 2015 Operated a special evening Fireworks Cruise from the Upper Lake piers on Friday 31st July
19th April 2015 Transferred to Le Bouveret and operated the spring, summer and autumn "Upper Lake Circle" cruises
14th February 2015 Operated a special evening non-landing Valentines Dinner Cruise from Geneva at 2015 on Saturday 14th February
13th February 2015 Eventually openeded the 2015 season on Friday 13th February after gales forced the cancellation of sailings on Sunday 1st February from Lausanne also Friday 6th February and Sunday 8th February from Geneva
 
24th October 2014 Moved back to Geneva for the early-winter period operating the Friday evening Fondue cruise and the Sunday Lunch Dinner cruise until Sunday 4th January 2015
27th June 2014 After repairs, took over the Le Bouveret based Upper Circle sailings for the summer and autumn seasons commencing on Friday 27th June until Sunday 19th October
12th June 2014 Collided with Geneva Mont Blanc pier on return sailing 321 from Yvoire on Thursday 12th June resulting in her having to procede light to Ouchy dock for repairs
25th May 2014 Took part in the annual pre-season Naval Parade off-Vevey on Sunday 25th May
14th February 2014 Operated a special evening non-landing Valentines Cruise from Geneva at 2015 instead of the regular winter Friday evening Fondue Cruise to Coppet
2nd February 2014 Eventually took over the Geneva based winter Sunday and Friday sailings from Sunday 2nd February
 
26th November 2013 Collided with Cully pier whilst operating her retuen service from the Upper Lake on Tuesday 26th November
As a result of damage to her stern she was taken out of service on arrival at Lausanne and her planned sailings from Wednesday 27th November until the end of January 2014 were cancelled
18th November 2013 Operated the first of several additional timetabled sailings from Lausanne to the Upper Lake (Château de Chillon) and return on Monday 18th November
17th November 2013 Commenced service at Geneva on Sunday 17th November operating a special Lunch sailing from Lausanne to Geneva followed by three short afternoon cruises
16th November 2013 Return to service at Vevey on Saturday 16th November operating three short afternoon cruises followed by an evening Gala Dinner cruise
6th September 2013 Left Ouchy dry dock after a 15 month re-build on Friday 6th September which should result in the motor paddle vessel return to all-year-round service
"All" that is now required is the final fitting out work and "testing" which is expected to take about a further two months
 
30th September 2010 Last sailings of the season
Operated the Lausanne to the Upper Lake sailings 910-911-922-923 on Thursday 30th September then ..........
    .......... operated a farewell evening cruise to St-Prex before retiring to Ouchy harbour for "long-term lay-up"
29th September 2010 Operated an evening gala cruise on Wednesday 29th September from Vevey Marché
31st July 2010 Operated an evening fireworks cruise on Saturday 31st July from Le Bouveret and other principal Upper Lake piers
4th May 2010 Took over the Upper Lake sailings later than originally planned on Tuesday 4th May
In consequence the sailings advertised for Sunday 2nd and Monday 3rd May were worked by a motor vessel
1st May 2010 Remained at Geneva on Saturday 1st May before the return to service of her sister PS Savoie on Sunday 2nd May
19th April 2010 Moved to Geneva and opened the spring season of short sailings in the Little Lake commencing Monday 19th April
2nd April 2010 First sailings of the season
Returned to service on Good Friday 2nd April (winter timetable) and operated the 1230 Lausanne to the Upper Lake (Château-de-Chillon) sailings 900-901 after two round trips to Evian-les-Bains
 
14th February 2010 Last sailings of the extended 2009 season
Operated the Lausanne to the Upper Lake (Château-de-Chillon) sailings 900-901 after two round trips to Evian-les-Bains on Sunday 14th February
31st July 2009 Operate an evening fireworks cruise on Friday 31st July from Le Bouveret and several other Upper Lake piers
Summer 2009 Spent the full summer season based at Le Biuveret operating the Upper Lake "circle" cruises commencing Sunday 14th June
10th April 2009 Moved to Geneva and opened the spring season of short sailings in the Little Lake commencing Good Friday 10th April
This was originally planned to apply daily until Saturday 25th April but owing to the breakdown of PS Savoie continued until Ascension Thursday 21st May
15th March 2009 First sailings of the season
Returned to service on Sunday 15th March and operated the Lausanne to the Upper Lake (Château-de-Chillon) sailings 900-901 after two round trips to Evian-les-Bains
 
9th November 2008 Coverd the weekend Upper Lake cruises from from the start of the winter timetable including the Christmas period which in previous years had been operated by her sister PS Montreux as well as opweating several of the regular evening Fondue Cruises from Lausanne and Morges until Sunday 1st February 2009
Autumn 2008 Moved to Lausanne and covered many of the short sailings to the Upper Lake on a non-advertised basis when not operating privater charter sailings
31st July 2008 Operated an evening fireworks cruise on Thursday 31st July from Le Bouveret and several other Upper Lake piers instead of the normal evening timetabled 'circle cruise' round the Upper Lake
Summer 2008 Spent the full summer season based at Le Biuveret operating the Upper Lake "circle" cruises augmented by an additional "circle" cruise every evening between Sunday 1st June and Monday 22nd September
21st March 2008 Moved to Geneva and opened the spring season of short sailings in the Little Lake commencing Good Friday 21st March
18th February 2008 First sailings of the season
Returned to service on Monday 18th February and took over the mid-day timetabled sailings to Evian-les-Bains on weekdays, the Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening Fondue Cruises as well as the Sundays sailing to Château-de-Chillon vice the regular motor vessel
 
Early-Winter 2007 Despite being advertised on the official CGN website all year to take over the local Geneva based sailings from PS Savoie, the MPV remained at Lausanne and instead covered the Sundays only sailings from Lausanne to Château-de-Chillon each weekend in November and also on Sunday 2nd December when she also made a rare additional call at Vevey-Plan pier
Autumn 2007 Returned to Lausanne and operated the twice daily sailing to the Upper Lake when advertised and also covered the same sailings vice a motor vessel on most other dates - see Archive Timetable index for details
31st July 2007 Operated an evening fireworks cruise on Tuesday 31st July from Le Bouveret and several other Upper Lake piers after the normal timetabled 'circle cruises' round the Upper Lake
Summer 2007 Spent her "100th Birthday" summer season operating the Upper Lake "circle" cruises augmented by an additional "circle" cruise on Thursday and Friday evenings
Spring 2007 Despite what was shown in the official CGN 2007 timetable, PS Savoie did not return to service at Geneva until Sunday 29th April, so the motor paddle vessel moved to cover the short Geneva based local cruises commencing on Good Friday - 6th April
Winter 2007 Maintained the winter Sunday sailings 920-921 from Lausanne to Château-de-Chillon commencing on Sunday 7th January followed by the two early-evening round trips to Evian-les-Bains..........
  ..........as well as the Thursday and Friday evening Fondue Cruises from Lausanne and Morges
 
24th December 2006 Took over the winter Sunday sailings 920-921 from Lausanne to Château-de-Chillon on Sunday 24th December, but on arrival back at Lausanne the motor paddle vessel was taken out of service with rudder problems
In consequence her planned two early-evening round trips to Evian-les-Bains had to be operated by mv Général-Guisan
21st December 2006 Returned to service on Thursday 21st December after a "min-overhaul" and took over the winter Thursday and Friday Evening 'Fondue' Cruises from Lausanne and Morges vice the usual motor vessel
Autumn 2006 Originally planned to be withdrawn from service at the end of the 2006 season and be "long-term laid-up" joining her sisters MPV Helvétie and MPV Italie but in the end opened the autumn Upper Lake "circle" cruises vice mv Chablais
However, following problems with PS Rhône after Sunday 15th October the motor paddle vessel then took over for the last two Saturdays and Sundays of October
31st July 2006 Operated an evening fireworks cruise on Monday 31st July from Le Bouveret and several other Upper Lake piers after the normal timetabled 'circle cruises' round the Upper Lake
Summer 2006 The 'last' operational motor paddle vessel spent the summer season in service operating the 'traditional' Upper Lake "circle" cruises which for years has been operated by mv Chablais from Ascension Thursday 25th May to Sunday 24th September
30th June 2006 At the CGN AGM it was announced that the motor paddle vessel was to be reprieved and it was now the company's policy for her to sail again in 2007, mainly on the Upper Lake Circle cruises during the season similar to 2006
21st May 2006 Took part in the Naval Parade off-Rolle on Sunday 21st May commencung from Geneva
Spring 2006 The 'last' operational motor paddle vessel spent her spring season in service operating the short Geneva based local cruises between Good Friday and Wednesday 24th May
Winter 2006 The 'last' operational motor paddle vessel spent the winter period in service operating the Sundays only Lunch Cruise from Lausanne to Château de Chillon followed by two ferry runs to Evian-les-Bains commencing New Year's Day to the end of the timetable, but only on a non-advertised basis
 
11th December 2005 First sailings of the 2006 season
Operated the 'new' Winter Sundays only 1235 lunch cruise sailings 920-921 from Lausanne to Château de Chillon and 1422 return commencing on Sunday 11th December followed by the last two round trips of the day to Evian-les-Bains
30th October 2005 Last sailings of the 2005 season
Operated the timetabled 1220 lunch cruise sailing 116 followed by the last four "Belles-Rives Genevoises" short sailings 104-106-108-110 from Geneva vice mv Grèbe on Sunday 30th October
13th August 2005 Fêtes de Genève
Operated an evening fireworks cruise (as an extension of her regular sailing 135) from several Little Lake piers to Geneva on Saturday 13th August
4th August 2005 60th Anniversary of the ONU
Operated an evening fireworks cruise (as an extension of her regular sailing 135) from several Little Lake piers to Geneva on Thursday 4th August
22nd May 2005 Operated the first of a greatly extended season of evening cruises from Geneva to Yvoire on Sunday 22nd May
These are planned to continue daily right through to the end of the Summer timetable on Sunday 25th September
25th March 2005 First sailings of the season
Operated the first timetabled Geneva lunch cruise 116 on Good Friday 25th March - 1220 from Geneva Jardin-Anglais
She is expected to operate this sailing every day until Sunday 30th October except on Sunday 15th May - the annual Naval Parade
 
30th January 2005 Last sailings of the extended 2004 season
Operated the timetabled 1230 lunch cruise sailings 38-39 from Lausanne to Château de Chillon (via Montreux) and return on Sunday 30th January
12th November 2004 Unusually operated some Lausanne - Evian-les-Bains ferry sailings on Friday 12th November vice the regular November motor vessel mv Lausanne
This arrangement was repeated again on Friday 19th November although this time the motor paddle vessel remained in service all day and included the mid-day lunch cruise which at that time of year was normally operated by mv Général-Guisan
7th November 2004 Opened the winter service and operated the Sunday afternoon timetabled sailing from Lausanne to St-Gingolph and return, observed leaving Montreux on Sunday 7th November
This was the only paddle vessel in regular timetabled service during the early winter period on any of the Swiss or Italian lakes, but the sailing was curtailed to Château de Chillon from Sunday 12th December
22nd August 2004 Operated a combined Family Brunch cruise vice mv Lausanne and her regular Lunch cruise from Geneva on Sunday 22nd August
19th July 2004 Despite being advertised to operate the local sailings out of Geneva all summer, the motor paddle vessel switched rosters with mv Lausanne and operate the 2 Day Roster opposite PS Rhône between Monday 19th July and Sunday 15th August
4th April 2004 Operated the first of the 90 minute lunch cruises scheduled for the summer season from Geneva at 1220 on Sunday 4th April
29th February 2004 Unusually operated winter sailings 122-123 from Geneva to Nyon and return at 1220 on Sunday 29th February (see also pictures)
The motor paddle vessel continued to operate sailings 122-123 every Sunday throughout March
14th February 2004 Operated an evening Valentines cruise from Lausanne at 2000 on Saturday 14th February
25th January 2004 First sailings of the season
Operate timetabled sailings 38-39 on Sunday 25th January - 1230 from Lausanne to St-Gingolph and 1535 return
 
2nd November 2003 Last sailing of the season
Operated the timetabled 1220 lunch cruise sailing 92 from Geneva on Sunday 2nd November
Summer 2003 Spent the entire season based at Geneva operating the 'short' cruises in the Petit Lac (Little Lake)
In consequence the paddle steamer did not sail east of Yvoire
30th March 2003 Operated the first of the 218 lunch cruises planned for the summer season from Geneva at 1220 on Sunday 30th March
14th February 2003 Operated an evening Valentines cruise from Lausanne at 2000 on Friday 14th February
12th January 2003 First sailings of the season
Operate timetabled sailings 64-173 on Sunday 12th January - 1230 from Lausanne to St-Gingolph and 1535 return
 
27th October 2002 Last sailings of the season
Operated sailings 80-110-134-91 on Sunday 27th October from Geneva to Yvoire
These also included the last direct sailing from Rolle (depart 1430) to Nyon along the Swiss Coast
9th July 2002 Operated an afternoon dance cruise from Geneva at 1430 on Tuesday 9th July
29th May 2002 The motor paddle vessel took part in a special 'fire and explosion exercise' sailing from Geneva at 0800 on Wednesday 29th May
12th April 2002 Accident at Geneva
At approx 1810 whilst returning to Geneva on Friday 12th April operating sailing 99 and swinging to berth at Mont Blanc pier a rudder failure resulted in the motor paddle vessel being swept onto Mont Blanc bridge
The motor paddle vessel returned to service on Ascension Thursday - 9th May
See news page for further details
2nd April to
12th April 2002
Operated the new Spring lunch cruise from Geneva daily instead of mv Henry-Dunant which had been delayed at Ouchy works for a major re-build
24th February 2002 First sailings of the season
Operate timetabled sailings 64-173 on Sunday 24th February - 1230 from Lausanne to St-Gingolph and 1547 return
 
2nd December 2001 Last sailings of the season
Operated timetabled sailings 64-173 on Sunday 2nd December - 1230 Lausanne to St-Gingolph
and 1547 return
1st December 2001 Unusually operated the Evian-les-Bains ferry sailings all day on Saturday 1st December
4th November 2001 Winter Sunday Sailings
Re-entered service and operate timetabled sailings 64-173 on Sunday 4th November - 1230 Lausanne to St-Gingolph and 1547 return
17th September 2001 Last public sailings of the Summer season
Operated timetabled sailings 80a-91b on Monday 17th September - 1015 from Geneva to St-Gingolph (as far as Lausanne arrive 1350) and 1150 St-Gingolph to Geneva (from Lausanne depart 1410)
Summer 2001 Normally operated the "2 day roster" alternating with PS Savoie
  day one - 0930 Lausanne to Geneva via St-Gingolph
  day two - 1015 Geneva to Lausanne via St-Gingolph
4th March 2001 First public sailings of the season
operated timetabled sailings 64-173 on Sunday 4th March - 1230 from Lausanne to St-Gingolph and 1547 return
 
30th September 2000 Last public sailings of the season
Operated timetabled sailings 80-114-91 on Saturday
30th September
instead of mv Ville-de-Genève
- 1020 from Geneva to Yvoire, 1345 "circle" via Rolle
and Nyon to Yvoire and 1615 return to Geneva
5th August 2000 On Saturday 5th August (Fêtes de Genève) operated
the 1800 evening cruise sailings 214-205 from Geneva
to Yvoire and return instead of mv Ville-de-Genève
after the normal timetabled sailings 36-91
29th June 2000 On Thursday 29th June operated the 1935 evening
cruise sailings 199-234 from Lausanne instead of
mv Général-Guisan after the normal timetabled
sailings 80-191 - this included sailing along the
French coast with rare calls for this motor paddle
vessel at Amphion-les-Bains and Thonon-les-Bains,
as this vessel normally sails daily along the Swiss
coast
Summer 2000 Normally operated the "2 day roster" alternating
with PS Savoie
  day one - 0930 Lausanne to Geneva via St-Gingolph
  day two - 1020 Geneva to Lausanne via St-Gingolph
25th April 2000 First public sailing of 2000 on Tuesday 25th April
sailing 301  0455 Lausanne to Evian-les-Bains
instead of mv Léman
 
26th September 1999 Last timetabled sailing of 1999 much earlier than usual on Sunday 26th September   sailings 80-99
1500 Lausanne to Geneva
Summer 1999 Normally operated the "2 day roster" alternating with PS Savoie
  day one - 1000 Lausanne to Geneva via St-Gingolph
  day two - 1030 Geneva to Lausanne via St-Gingolph
 
Summer 1998 Normally operated the "2 day roster" alternating with MPV Montreux
  day one - 1015 Lausanne to Geneva via St-Gingolph
  day two - 1030 Geneva to Lausanne via St-Gingolph
 
Summer 1983 Normally operated the "2 day roster" alternating with MPV Montreux
  day one - 0930 Lausanne to Geneva followed by
                1430 Geneva to Yvoire and return
  day two - 1045 Geneva to Lausanne via St-Gingolph
 


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