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A very special "Thank You" to everyone who has been in touch with me throughout 2019
with news, pictures etc. --- PLEASE keep up the good work in 2020 !!!
I am in the process of thanking everyone personally, but in case there is anyone I have missed, 
this is especially for you !!!

To the anonymous person who kindly sent me a lovely mug with a photo of a
Swiss paddle steamer on it - a very greatful "thanks !"
 
   
 Swiss and Italian paddle steamer Timetables 
This is an unofficial site
(Always check locally before booking for any future sailing)

 
        A Very Happy Christmas to all visitors to my website            
This year,  three "paddlers" are in service over the Christmas/New Year holiday period          

Vevey
   

Uri
   

Blümlisalp

Headline News   ..............  LAKE GENEVA    "MPV Vevey "  is planned to operate her final evening Fondue Cruise of 2019 from Geneva tonight (Friday) ....................... LAKE LUZERN   "PS Uri "  is planned to operate an evening Fondue Cruise from Luzern tonight (Friday) ....................... LAKE LUZERN   "PS Uri "  is planned to operate an evening Raclette Cruise from Luzern tomorrow (Saturday) ....................... LAKE GENEVA    "MPV Vevey "  is planned to operate the winter timetabled Lunch cruise from Geneva to Nyon this Sunday (15th December) ....................... LAKE LUZERN   "PS Uri "  is planned to operate an Advent Lunch Cruise from Luzern on this Sunday (15th December) ....................... LAKE LUZERN   "PS Uri "  is planned to operate an evening Fondue Cruise from Luzern on Friday (20th December) ....................... LAKE LUZERN   "PS Uri "  is planned to operate an evening Raclette Cruise from Luzern on Saturday (21st December) ....................... LAKE GENEVA    "MPV Vevey "  is planned to operate the winter timetabled Lunch cruise from Geneva to Nyon on Sunday (22nd December) ....................... LAKE LUZERN    "PS Uri "  is planned to operate an evening Gala Dinner cruise from Luzern Christmas Eve (Tuesday - 24th December) ....................... LAKE LUZERN   "PS Uri "  is planned to operate an Advent Lunch Cruise from Luzern on Sunday (2nd December) ....................... LAKE GENEVA    "MPV Vevey "  is planned to operate an ADDITIONAL winter timetabled Lunch cruise from Geneva to Nyon on Christmas Day (Wednesday 25th December) ....................... LAKE THUN    "PS Blümlisalp "  is planned to operate Christmas Timetabled sailings from Thun on Christmas Day (Wednesday 25th December) ....................... LAKE THUN    "PS Blümlisalp "  is planned to operate Christmas Timetabled sailings from Thun on Boxing Day (Thursday 26th December) ....................... LAKE THUN    "PS Blümlisalp "  is planned to operate Christmas Timetabled sailings from Thun on Friday (27th December) ....................... LAKE THUN    "PS Blümlisalp "  is planned to operate Christmas Timetabled sailings from Thun on Saturday (28th December) ....................... LAKE GENEVA    "MPV Vevey "  is planned to operate the winter timetabled Lunch cruise from Geneva to Nyon on Sunday (29th December) ....................... LAKE THUN    "PS Blümlisalp "  is planned to operate Christmas Timetabled sailings from Thun on Sunday (29th December) ....................... LAKE GENEVA    "MPV Vevey "  is planned to operate an evening Gala Dinner cruise from Geneva on New Year's Eve (Tuesday 31st December) ....................... LAKE THUN    "PS Blümlisalp "  is planned to operate Christmas Timetabled sailings from Thun on New Year's Eve (Tuesday 31st December) ....................... LAKE GENEVA    "MPV Vevey "  is planned to operate an ADDITIONAL winter timetabled Lunch cruise from Geneva to Nyon on New Year's Day (Wednesday 1st January) ....................... LAKE THUN    "PS Blümlisalp "  is planned to operate New Year Timetabled sailings from Thun on New Year's Day (Wednesday 1st January) ....................... LAKE GENEVA    "MPV Vevey "  is planned to operate an ADDITIONAL winter timetabled Lunch cruise from Geneva to Nyon on Thursday (2nd January) ....................... LAKE THUN    "PS Blümlisalp "  is planned to operate New Year Timetabled sailings from Thun on Thursday (2nd January) ....................... LAKE THUN    "PS Blümlisalp "  is planned to operate New Year Timetabled sailings from Thun on Friday (3rd January) ....................... LAKE THUN    "PS Blümlisalp "  is planned to operate New Year Timetabled sailings from Thun on Saturday (4th January) ....................... LAKE GENEVA    "MPV Vevey "  is planned to operate the winter timetabled Lunch cruise from Geneva to Nyon on Sunday (5th January) ....................... LAKE THUN    "PS Blümlisalp "  is planned to operate her final New Year Timetabled sailings from Thun on Sunday (5th January) ....................... LAKE GENEVA    "MPV Vevey "  is planned to operate her last January timetabled Lunch cruise (before her winter overhaul) from Geneva to Nyon on Sunday (12th January) ....................... LAKE GENEVA    "MPV Vevey "  is planned to operate the winter timetabled Lunch cruise from Geneva to Nyon on Sunday (2nd February) ....................... LAKE GENEVA    "MPV Vevey "  is planned to operate her first evening Fondue Cruise of 2020 from Geneva on Friday (7th February) ....................... LAKE GENEVA    "MPV Vevey "  is planned to operate the winter timetabled Lunch cruise from Geneva to Nyon on Sunday (9th February) ....................... LAKE GENEVA    "MPV Vevey "  is planned to operate an evening Valentines Dinner Cruise from Geneva on Friday (14th February) ....................... LAKE GENEVA    "MPV Vevey "  is planned to operate the winter timetabled Lunch cruise from Geneva to Nyon on Sunday (16th February) ....................... LAKE GENEVA    "MPV Vevey "  is planned to operate the evening Fondue Cruise from Geneva on Friday (21st February) ....................... LAKE GENEVA    "MPV Vevey "  is planned to operate the winter timetabled Lunch cruise from Geneva to Nyon on Sunday (23rd February) ....................... LAKE GENEVA    "MPV Vevey "  is planned to operate the evening Fondue Cruise from Geneva on Friday (21st February) ....................... LAKE MAGGIORE  "PS Piemonte "  ADVANCE INFORMATION (make a note of the date NOW !!!) is planned to operate a Special Sailing  from Arona Italy  to Locarno Switzerland  on Saturday 27th June 2020 ....................... see below, next page, also fleet, news and individual timetable pages for further details

Sunday - 8th December 2019

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                                    photos:  Christian Meyer

The motor paddle vessel approaches Nyon towards the end if her lunchtime sailing 330
from Geneva and later "on-board" on her return

Sunday 1st December 2019

PS Uri  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                                      picture:   Luzern webcam

The paddle steamer approches Luzern Pier No.1 on her light sailing from the works
to operate the first of her new special "Advent Brunch Cruises"

Sunday 24th November 2019

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                      picture:   Nyon webcam

The motor paddle vessel approches Nyon towards the end of her morning
outward sailing 330 from Geneva

Friday 22nd November 2019

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                                    photo:  Robert Monch

The motor paddle vessel operates two 'one hour' cruise sailings 740-741-742-743
around the wetern end of the Petit Lac from Geneva,  before..........



                                                                                                                    photo:  Christian Meyer

...........the motor paddle vessel stands at Geneva Mont Blanc pier
prior to operating her weekly evening 'Fondue Cruise' sailings 390-301


Saturday 16th November 2019

PS Montreux  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                                    photo:  Robert Monch

The sun shines on the laid-up paddle steamer moored at Geneva
waiting her turn for a winter overhaul ready for her planned 2020 sailings


Tuesday 12th November 2019

PSs Stadt Rappersil and Stadt Zürich  (Lake Zurich)

                                                                                                      picture:   Zurich webcam

A rare sight of both paddle steamers along with several other members of the
ZSG fleet at Zurich for the annual wine exhibition

This was the only time PS Stadt Zürich had left the works in 2019
(having had to be towed to the event)

Sunday 10th November 2019

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                      picture:   Nyon webcam

At this time of the year,  the motor paddle vessel is the only Alpine paddler
operating timetabled sailings and is seen at Nyon between her weekly
Sunday lunchtime sailings 330-331 from and back to Geneva

Friday 25th October 2019

PS Stadt Luzern  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                        photo:  Robert Horlacher

The new bolier is craned into the paddle steamer marking a major milestone
in her major re-build

Tuesday 22nd October 2019

PS Montreux  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                                    photo:  Robert Monch

Following the completion of her extended season,  the paddle steamer sailed light
to Geneva - where she is to "lay-up" for the winter

Monday 20th October 2019

PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                                    photo:  Christian Meyer

The paddle steamer stands at Mont Blanc pier in bright autumn sunshine at Geneva
prior to sailing light to Ouchy harbour for her winter "lay-up"


Saturday 19th October 2019

PSs Savoie and Simplon  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                                    photos:  Robert Monch

Initially PS Savoie arrives Yvoire from Geneva on her afternoon sailing 326
followed by Simplon on her return weekends only sailing 105 from Lausanne to Geneva

Sunday 13th October 2019

PS Uri  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                                            photo:  Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer approaches Isleten on her return sailing 24 from Flüelen to Luzern

Friday 11th October 2019

PS Montreux and MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)



                                                                                                                    photos:  Robert Horlacher

Initially the motor paddle vessel is seen approaching Château-de-Chillon on sailing 528
whilst the paddle steamer is first seen leaving Vevey La Tour on her outward morning
sailing 920 then between Vevey La Tour and Marché piers returning with sailing 921
before the same sailing arrives at Lausanne-Ouchy
Finally departing Montreux on her return afternoon sailing 923

Monday 7th October 2019

PS Unterwalden  (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                  photos:  Robert Horlacher also picture:  Weggis webcam

Owing to the breakdown of mv Diamant,  the paddle steamer came to the rescue
by covering the 0910 sailings 7-18 to Flüelen and back
She is initially seen approaching Weggis and later arriving Flüelen on her outward leg
subsequently passing sister PS Uri before arriving at Treib on her return sailing

Friday 11th October 2019

PS Montreux  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                           photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer follows the railway line between Cully and Vevey on her
afternoon sailing 922 from Lausanne to Château-de-Chillon

Sunday - 6th October 2019

PS Concordia  (Lake Como)




                                                photos and pictures:   Robert Horlacher,  Jacopo Memeo and Bellagio webcam

The paddle steamer calls Moltrasso,  Tremezzo and later Bellagio on a misty
autumn morning - seen on her outward sailing 216 to Bellano before returning
on sailing 217 prior to operating the afternoon sailing 281 to Lecco
Initially she managed to reach her Bellagio pier just before her more modern 'rival'

(but to be fair she did start off from Como much earlier !)

Sunday 6th October 2019

PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                            photo:   Robert Monch

Following her spell covering the Evian ferry runs,  the paddle steamer has returned
to Geneva and is now operating the weekends only sailings 102-105 to Lausanne and back

She is seen repositioning from Mont-Blanc pier to her overnight/weekday moorings at Pâquis

Sunday 6th October 2019

PS Unterwalden  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                              picture:     Luzern webcam

Unusually PS Uri and PS Unterwalden switched rosters for the day
resulting in the rare sight of PS Unterwalden operating the 1110
"Gotthard Panoramic Express" sailing 13 to Flüelen

Tuesday - 1st October 2019

PS Lötschberg  (Lake Brienz)


                                                                                photos: Ernst Mischler   also   pictures: Bönigen webcam
Another month !!!   The paddle steamer remained in service until 1st October - still
covering the broken down mv Jungfrau
- seen initially leaving Interlaken at the start of her final day in service
(above)
and later leaving Bönigen on her outward morning sailing 65 to Brienz
and on return to Interlaken on her final afternoon return sailing 72
(below)
Is this the latest she has ever remained in continuous timetabled service ?
(making an appearance on an 'odd' October or later date does NOT count !)
mv Brienz was observed operating sailing 65 on Wednesday 2nd October which confirms keeping the paddle steamer in service is no longer necessary
Do you have any further information ?

Monday - 30th September 2019

PS Lötschberg  (Lake Brienz)

                                                                                                      picture:   Bönigen webcam
Another week !   The paddle steamer is still in service covering the broken down mv Jungfrau
- seen leaving Bönigen at the end of her return afternoon sailing 72 back to Interlaken


Sunday 29th September 2019

PS Stadt Rapperswil  (Lake Zurich)


                                                                                                pictures:   Zurich webcam

The last passengers join the paddle staemer at Zurich for the final sailing 107
to Schmerikon in the Obersee
and later,  after her final sailing 108 from Schmerikon,  returning to dock

Sunday 29th September 2019

PS Neuchâtel  (Lake Neuchâtel)

                                                                                                 picture:   Murten webcam

The paddle steamer finishes loading her passengers before departing slightly late
on her final sailing 63 of 2019 back to Neuchâtel

Saturday - 28th September 2019

PS Lötschberg  (Lake Brienz)

                                                                                                      picture:   Bönigen webcam

The paddle steamer continues in service to cover for the broken down mv Jungfrau and is
seen heading stern first back to Interlaken on her final sailing 72 of the day

It is understood the motor vessel will remain out of service for some time with the
paddle steamer covering each day - do you how long that is likely to be ?

Monday - 23rd September 2018

PS Lötschberg  (Lake Brienz)

                                                                                                      photos:   Ernst Mischler

Despite the fact the paddle steamer should have finished her season the previous day
she was back in service again covering for the broken down mv Jungfrau and she is
seen leaving Brienz at the start of her return afternoon sailing 72 back to Interlaken


Saturday 21st September 2019

PS Neuchâtel  (Lake Neuchâtel)

                                                                                                 photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer calls at La Neuveville pier on her return afternoon sailing 42
from Bienne/Biel to Neuchâtel


Sunday - 15th September 2019

PS Montreux  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                photos:  Robert Horlacher


The paddle steamer operated the three trips to the Upper Lake and is seen
off-Vevey La Tour on the morning round trip sailings 920-921 to Château-de-Chillon
and later setting off from Lausanne on her evening sailing 288 to Montreux

Sunday - 15th September 2019

PS La Suisse  (Lake Geneva)

click on photo to zoom in to see a close-up of PS La Suisse                                               photo:  Robert Horlacher


The paddle steamer sets off on yet another short special cruise from
Ouchy Harbour in connection with the "CGN Open Days" weekend

- whilst MPV Hélvetie (right) waits patiently moored to the outer harbour wall
for her turn to be rebuilt - sadly still a few more years away

Tuesday - 17th September 2019

PS Neuchâtel  (Lake Neuchâtel - Murten)

                                                                                        picture:   Murten webcam

The paddle steamer approaches Morat/Murten harbour towards the end of her 2019 season
on her lunchtime sailing 63 of 2018 from Neuchâtel


Wednesday 11th September 2019

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

click to picture to look out of the window                                                                            photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The motor paddle vessel waits her turn operating Upper Lake "Circle cruise" sailing 526
to call at Château-de-Chillon pier - as seen from on board PS La Suisse

on one of her rare autumn 2019 timetabled sailings

Sunday 15th September 2019

PS Rhône  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                   photos:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer is undertaking a major re-build an was seen on the occasion of the
CGN Dock "open day" weekend

Friday 13th September 2019

PS Stadt Rapperswil  (Lake Zurich)

                                                                            picture:   Zurich webcam

Was the date significsant ?
Initially the paddle staemer was shown to remain in dock,  but in the end she was seen
approaching Zurich on her "normal" Friday return sailing 108 from Schmerikon
She didn't sail on the Monday to Wednesday - do you know why ?

Tuesday - 10th September 2019

PS Montreux and MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                            photo:  Lukas Bruckner

PS Montreux (left) and MPV Vevey (right) pass each other at Vevey
between La Tour and Marché piers on sailing 921 and 526 respectively

Can you spot what is "wrong" ?
It is easy when you know - but try and work it out !
(The 'answer' is readily available on this website - if you look in the right place)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The photo should of course have shown PS La Suisse (left) and MPV Italie
but  owing to "technical" problems,  both ships have had to be replaced
by other members of the CGN fleet for the whole of the autumn period !

Monday - 9th September 2019

PS Montreux  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                            photo:  Christian Meyer

The paddle steamer sets off from Lausanne on her first morning round trip sailing 920
to Château-de-Chillon

Sunday - 8th September 2019

PS Concordia  (Lake Como - repeat visit to Lecco branch)



                                            photos:   Daniel Eichenberger and Bellagio webcam

The paddle steamer sets off for Bellagio (for a lunch break) in windy conditions and is
seen approaching Torno with a few "brave" passengers in the bows
Strong winds forced suspension of her sailings between 1200 and 1440
but she still managed to reach Lecco,  all-be-it half-an-hour late

Do you have a photo of her sailing along the Lecco branch ?

Thursday 5th September 2019

PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                   photos:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer was unusually rostered to cover the autumn Lausanne
to the Upper Lake roster for three days
She is seen at Pully on her afternoon sailing 922 to Château-de-Chillon

Monday 2nd September 2019

PS Schiller  (Lake Luzern)
broken down in dock

                                                                                                    picture:   Luzern webcam

As a result of the paddle steamer remaining in dock for repairs,   mv Schwyz
was pressed into service to cover her lunchtime sailings 17-26 to and from Flüelen
Do you know what is the problem or how long she will be out of service ?

Monday 2nd September 2019

PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                picture:   Nyon webcam

The paddle steamer unusually operated the short outward sailing 320
from Geneva to Yvoire before sailing light to Lausanne
The regular mv Henry-Dunant took over the "Petit Lac" roster from lunchtime

Wednesday 28th August 2019

MPV Italia (Lake Garda)

                                                                                                picture:  Limone webcam

The motor paddle vessel calls at Limone on her final sailing 55 of the day
from Riva to Brenzone

Since then her sailings have been covered by a motor vessel..........
..........do you know if she has finished her Riva based sailing early for this season,
had private charters or some form of technical problem ?

Monday 26th August 2019

PS Schiller  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                              photo:     Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer calls at Gersau on her outward lunchtime sailing 17
from Luzern to Flüelen

Sunday 25th August 2019

PS Montreux  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                              photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer 'pretends' she is still coal fired as she clears her tubes
prior to operating her evening sailing 487 from Lausanne to Yvoire

Sunday 25th August 2019

PS Concordia  (Lake Como)

                                                                                              picture:   Bellagio webcam

The paddle steamer departs Bellagio on her regular summer Sunday
morning sailing 10 for the last time in 2019

It is understood she MAY operate vice a motor vessel again on Sundays 8th Septembrer
and 20th October
- have you had any confirmation ?

Saturday 24th August 2019

MPV Italia (Lake Garda)

                                                                                                picture:  Limone webcam

The motor paddle vessel departs Limone on her first sailing 51 of the day
from Riva to Brenzone

Friday 23rd August 2019

PS Simplon (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                picture:  Nyon webcam

Following repairs to her damaged paddle wheel,   the paddle steamer has
returned to service and is seen calling at Nyon on her first sailing 105
from Lausanne to Geneva

Wednesday 21st August 2019

PS Concordia  (Lake Como)

                                                                                              photo:   Riccardo Suzzi

The paddle steamer was again observed in mid-week service covering
sailings 14-15-16-47 and is seen setting off from Como
Do you know if this was the result of a charter or breakdown of one of the motor vessels
and have you seen her in service on any other mid-week date this year ?

Monday - 20th August 2019

PS Schiller  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                                photo:  Peter Devre1l

The paddle steamer waits at pier No1,  Luzern to form the lunchtime sailing 17 to Flüelen

Monday - 19th August 2019

acting paddle steamer mv Morges (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                picture:  Nyon webcam


                                                                                                  photos:   Robert Monch

Owing to damage to the paddle wheel of PS Simplon resuling in bent paddle floats
caused by her running over a large floating tree the previous day the small
motor vessel was diverted from her usual "short" sailings from Geneva
to cover sailings 102-105 and is seen leaving Nyon on her outward leg
She covered again the folowing day,  before mv Général-Guisan was brought
to Geneva to take over from the Wednesday


The paddle steamer was subsequently towed to Ouncy dock for repairs by mv Henry-Dunant
which it is understood could result in her being out of service for "up to a week"
- further details to follow


                                                                                                  photo:   Christian Meyer
..........at least PS Savoie was operating as scheduled and is seen arriving Yvoire
on her evening sailing 388 from Geneva

Monday - 19th August 2019

PSs Uri and Unterwalden  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                            photo:  Peter Devre1l

The two oldest operational paddle steamers about to pass each other at Luzern - near
the SGV works - with a cloud covered Mount Pilatus in the background,  operating the
early return sailing 18 from Flüelen and the afternoon sailing 65 to Alpnachstad respectively

Monday - 19th August 2019

PS Blümlisalp (Lake Thun)

                                                                                                photo:  Ernst Mischler

The paddle steamer whistles as she passes sailing 19 on her approach to Spiez
whilst operating her return afternoon sailing 16 from Interlaken back to Thun

Sunday - 18th August 2019

MPV Genève (Lake Geneve)

                                                                                                photo:  Robert Monch

The former paddle steamer is now static on the Geneva south bank
located between Jardin Anglais and Eaux-Vives piers
but still looks the part,  especially in this view decorated with lights

Sunday - 18th August 2019

PS Blümlisalp  (Lake Thun)

                                                                                            photo:  Peter Devre1l

The paddle steamer hoots to warn of her approach the narrow channel to Thun
at the end of her return afternoon sailing 16 from Interlaken

Saturday - 17th August 2019

PS Concordia (Lake Como)

                                                                                                photo:  Jacopo Memeo

In addition to operating her planned sailings on Sunday,  the paddle steamer had
to cover the same 1010 ex-Como Sunday roster vice the regular motor vessel
on Thursday 15th August,  then after a charter the following day
she was back in service covering sailing 14-15-16 47 on the Saturday
and is seen approaching Cadenabbia on her first sailing of the day from Como

Saturday - 17th August 2019

PS Stadt Rapperswil (Lake Zurich)

                                                                                                photo:  Robert Horlacher

The paddle steamer passes along the Hurden Canal towards the railway bridge
leading to the Upper Lake on sailing 107 from Zurich to Schmerikon
before reasting at the pier prior to returning on sailing 108

Thursday 15th August 2019

MPV Italie  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                     photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The motor paddle vessel stands at the outer wall of Ouchy Dock waiting her turn
for repairs following damage to her starboard paddle wheel on Monday 5th August

Wednesday 14th August 2019

PS Stadt Rapperswil  (Lake Zurich)

                                                                                                     photo:   Alain Vuistiner

Having already opertated a morning round trip to Rapperswil,  the
paddle steamer rests at Zurich before operating her similar afternoon sailing 113

REMEMBER
There are NO public paddle steamer sailings on Lake Zurich this Sunday
as PS Stadt Rapperswil has a private charter

Wednesday 14th August 2019

PS Schiller  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                          photo:   Ernst Mischler

The paddle steamer departs Beklenried on her daily lunch time sailing 17
from Luzern to Flüelen

Monday 12th August 2019

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                     photo:   Alain Vuistiner

After her spell based at Geneva,  the motor paddle vessel switches back with her
larger sister PS Simplon mid-afternoon at Yvoire to work sailing 106b back to Lausanne

She was originally planned to take over the Lausanne to Geneva roster the
following day but as a result of the breakdown of MPV Italie the previous week
she moved first thing the following morning to Le Bouveret
and took over the Upper Lake sailings for the remainder of the season

Saturday 10th August 2019

PS Neuchâtel  (Lake Neuchâtel)

                                                                                                 photo:   William Campbell

The paddle steamer stands at Bienne/Biel prior to operating her return
sailing 42 back to Neuchâtel

REMEMBER
There are NO public paddle steamer sailings on Lake Neuchâtel on Saturday 24th August
as PS Neuchâtel has a private charter

Friday 9th August 2019

PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                 photo:   William Campbell

The paddle steamer stands at Lausanne at the end of her final evening cruise
sailings 908-909 to Vevey and Montreux

The next two day she operated special sailings in connection with the Fête des Vignerons
before returning to Geneva on the Monday to take over the daily sailing from there


Thursday 8th August 2019

PSs Simplon,  Savoie and Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                 photos:   Lukas Bruckner

On a lovely sunny day,  PS Simplon arrives at Yvoire on her
afternoon sailing 105 from Lausanne to Geneva
and later PS Savoie arrives at Nyon on sailing 307 as she follows
her larger sister back to Geneva



                                                       photos:  top-left Christian Meyer,   others Alain Vuistiner

Two more views of PS Simplon at Yvoire along with MPV Vevey
heading back to Geneva on her afternoon sailing 105 from Lausanne


                                                                                                 photo:   William Campbell

Later at the other end of the lake PS Simplon departs Montreux on her
final sailing 909 of the day back to Lausanne at the end of a long day


Saturday 3rd August 2019

PS Neuchâtel  (Lake Neuchâtel)

                                                                                                 photos:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer initially operated the short cross-lake sailing 202 from
Neuchâtel to Cudrefin and back before her weekly long sailing 41-42 to Bienne/Biel

Friday 2nd August 2019

PS Uri  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                                    picture:   Luzern webcam

The paddle steamer sets off from Luzern into the evening sun on the first
of her short season of weekly Jazz Cruises

Things have changed - it earlier years it would have been a traditional
Swiss Music Cruise complete with an Alpine horn


Swiss National Day - Thursday 1st August 2019

PS Schiller  (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                                 photos:   Daniel Eichenberger

The well loaded paddle steamer sets off (along with many other members of the
SGV fleet
) on a special sailing to the annual Fireworks Display at Brunnen followed
by PS Uri
who had picked up her passengers from the pier next to the bridge over the river

Various lakes





                                                                                              pictures:  local webcams

The four operational Lake Luzern paddle steamers set off for the fireworks at Brunnen
PS Stadt Rapperswil ready for her evening Dinner Cruise
MPV Vevey calls at Nyon on her morning sailing 102 from Geneva to Lausanne
PS Neuchâtel on her lunchtime sailing 63 from Neuchâtel to Murten

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Wednesday 31st July 2019

MPV Italie  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                    picture:   La Tour de Peilz webcam

The motor paddle vessel is half way between Vevey and Montreux as seen from
La Tour de Peilz harbour on her way to the fireworks at Le Bouveret


Thursday - 25th July 2019

PS Hohentwiel  (Lake Konstanz)

                                                                                          photo:   Lukas Bruckner

During the Bregenz Festival,  the paddle steamer operates several special
evening "dinner and theatre" cruises from various locations around the lake
in both Switzerland and Germany
Today it is the turn of Friederichshafen and PS Hohentwiel is seen approaching
ready to pick up her passengers

Wednesday 24th July 2019

PS Gallia  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                              photo:  Robert Horlacher

The paddle steamer departs Treib on sailing 21 before crossing the lake
to Brunnen and on to Flüelen prior to returning to Luzern

Wednesday - 24th July 2018

PS Lötschberg  (Lake Brienz)

                                                                                          photo:   Ernst Mischler

The paddle steamer crosses the lake from Iseltwald to Ringgenberg on her return
afternoon sailing 70 from Brienz to Interlaken..........

..........seen from mv Jungrfau operating the new late-afternoon "short working"
from Interlaken to Iseltwald

Tuesday - 23rd July 2019

MPV Italia  (Lake Garda)

                                                                                          photo:   Angelo Messere

The motor paddle vessel stands at Riva having just arrived from Malcesine
on her afternoon sailing 54

Monday 22nd July 2019

PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                              photo:  Robert Horlacher

Unlike her smaller sisters who normally take a much wider sweep to approach
Mont Blanc pier,  this longer paddle steamer approaches the lake end of the pier
then swings back round with the flow of the water and is seen arriving Geneva
at the end of her morning sailing 101 from Lausanne
PS Savoie can also be seen in the background arriving back from her lunchtime cruise

Friday 19th July 2019

PS Gallia  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                              photo:  Robert Horlacher

The paddle steamer swings astern from Flüelen pier before setting off back to
Luzern on the final paddle steamer sailing 30 of the day from the far end of the lake

Friday 19th July 2019

MPV Italia  (Lake Garda)

                                                                                                   photo:   Nick Bandy

The motor paddle vessel approaches Riva at the end of her "extended" sailing 52
which this year starts from Brenzone


A correction..........

The engine controls looking immaculate     photo: Markus Graf
        Earlier,  this website incorrectly
stated "PS La Suisse" had broken
down
- this was based on information received
from a usually very reliable source

    I am happy to report that Markus
Graf (Chief steam mechanic CGN
Lausanne) has confirmed that was
NOT the case --- in fact it was just a routine mid-season service for the ship
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    With the very busy "Fête des
Vignerons" period about to start..........
.........this was a very sensible precaution to take

Tuesday and Wednesday 16th and 17th July 2019

PS Concordia  (Lake Como)

It is understood the paddle steamer had to be summoned
from the dock to cover a Como-Colico and return working
on both days vice a broken down motor vessel

Can you confirm (or advise oltherwise) which sailings
she opereted and which motor vessel had broken down ?
Any photos would be welcome to add to this website

Monday 15th July 2019

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                   photos:   Alain Vuistiner

The motor paddle vessel returns to Lausanne at the end of her return
evening sailing 909 from Vevey via Montreux

She moves to Geneva from the middle of the week to cover the
daily sailing from there to Lausanne and back

Sunday 14th July 2019

PS Gallia  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                              photo:  Robert Horlacher

The paddle steamer was chartered for the day and is seen passing the
"Schiller Rock" near Rüli

Wednesday 10th July 2019

PS Unterwalden  (Lake Luzern)



                                                                                                 photos:   Carlo Sottocasa

The paddle steamer sets off from Luzern on her outward afternoon sailing 65
This is now the only paddle steamer sailing of the day to Alpnachstad
Meanwhile PSs Uri,  Schiller and Gallia make their regular summer round trips
to Flüelen on sailings 7, 17 and 21 respectively


Wednesday 10th July 2019

MPV Italia  (Lake Garda)


                                                                                                 pictures:   Liomone webcam

The motor paddle vessel was observed at Limone operating sailing 52 and
later sailing 55 of the Riva based roster on what is understood to be
the first time in 2019
 (much later than usual)
She is now expecteed to continue these sailings for the remainder
of the Peak Summer period

A motor vessel was observed departing Limone on the first sailing 51 of the day
- which suggests the MPV actually commenced service from Brenzone at 0950
Can you confirm or advise otherwise ?

Monday - 8th July 2019

PS Stadt Rapperswil  (Lake Zurich)

                                                                                                photo:   William Campbell

The paddle steamer departs Männedorf on sailing 111
from Zurich to Rapperswil


Sunday - 7th July 2019

PS Hohentweil  (Lake Konstanz)


                                                                      photos:   William Campbell and Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer is seen arriving Romanshorn to operate
the outward leg of a "two-ship" Mystery Cruise

(which turned out to be Friedrichshafen)
Passengers switched ships with MV Oesterreich for the return leg
as the paddle steamer departed Friedrichshafen slightly ahead of the
motor vessel to return the other pasengers to Langenargen
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The two ships then sailed parallel for the first 20 minutes or so before
going their separate ways and moments after,  the heavens broke into a
spectacular thunderstorm !


Sunday - 7th July 2019

PS Concordia  (Lake Como)

                                                                                                pictures:   Bellagio webcam

The paddle steamer deputised for a motor vessel and operated the 0910
sailings 10-31 from Como to Menaggio and back
She is seen calling at Bellagio on the outward leg.....
.....where she set down a good crowd


Saturday - 6th July 2019

PS Lötschberg  (Lake Brienz)

                                                                                                  photo:   Ernst Mischler

The paddle steamer crosses the lake from Bönigen to Ringgenberg on her
outward Saturday evening sailing 79 from Interlaken to Brienz


Wednesday 3rd July 2019

MPV Italia  (Lake Garda)

                                                                                                 picture:   Salo' webcam

The motor paddle vessel waits at Salo' before operating sailing 13
back to Desenzano

If she does re-locate to Riva for the peak-summer,  this could well be
her final call of 2019 at one of the piers ar the southern end of the lake

Saturday 29th June 2019

PSs Uri and Schiller  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                                 photos:   Mario Gavazzi

Both paddle steamers set off from Flüelen at 1500 simultaneously on a
'mini-parade' - PS Uri was unusually operating sailing 28 whilst sister PS Schiller
was on a special sailing for Werner Amrein who worked 33 years for the SGV

First he was a member of staff (purser),  then motor ship navigator, 
then vice-captain on the steamers,  before becoming a chief engineer in 2008

Saturday 29th June 2019

PS Neuchâtel  (Lake Neuchâtel)


                                                                                                 photos:   Olivier Bachmann

The paddle steamer calls at Erlach on her weekly return sailing 42 back from
Bienne/Biel to Neuchâtel
A virtually full load of passengers took advantage of the special steam train
arranged by Trivapor,  the LMN and the VVT (Vapeur Val de Travers)

enabling passengers to sail outwards on sailing 41 and return on the steam train
hauled by loco number 52 221,   which is seen passing the vineyards near Landeron

Sunday 30th June 2019

PS Concordia  (Lake Como)

                                                                                                 pictures:   Bellagio webcam

The paddle steamer calls at Bellagio on outward sailings 217-281
on her way to Lecco

Monday 24th June 2019

MPV Italia  (Lake Garda)

                                                                                                  picture:   Salo' webcam

The stern of the motor paddle vessel was observed on the Salo' webcam
sticking out into the lake at 1446,  suggesting she could have been rostered
to the mid-week local sailing 13 back to Desenzano

Were you there or are you able to confirm ? - if so please e-mail the webmaster

Monday 24th June 2019

PS Stadt Rapperswil  (Lake Zurich)

                                                                            picture:   Zurich webcam

The paddle staemer returns to Zurich after the ZSG AGM

PS La Suisse breaks down on Thursday 20th June
Consesquently all her Upper Lake sailings 200-201-202-203-204-205 were simply CANCELLED

Unlike previous occasions,  no attempt was made to 'step-up' other ships to cover
despite "mv Lausanne" being 'spare' at Ouchy
Do you have any information about what went wrong ?

Tuesday - 18th June 2019

PS Savoie  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                  photo:   Christian Meyer

The paddle steamer returns to Geneva on sailing 389 from Yvoire
at the end of another long day in service


Monday 17th June 2019

PS Uri  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                                 photos:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer leaves Isleten-Isenthal on outward sailing 7
from Luzern to Flüelen and later approaching Sisikon on her return sailing 18

Note all the flags - these were flown to mark the last day in service of
Captain Beat Kallenbach who had been her master since 1994
when the paddle steamer returned to service following her major overhaul

Sunday - 16th June 2019

PS La Suisse (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                              photo:  Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer (right) arrives back at Lausanne after her first day of
three round trip sailings 200-201-202-203-204-205
Meanwhile in the background PS Montreux waits to leave on her first
connecting evening sailings 487-488 of 2019 to Yvoire


Saturday - 15th June 2019

PS Gallia  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                                     picture:   Luzern webcam

The paddle steamer had a private charter and unusually called at the berth
on the Schweizerhofquay on the opposite side of the river
adjacent to
the static former member of the SGV fleet
- PS Wilhelm Tell

Thursday - 13th June 2019

MPV Italia  (Lake Garda)

                                                                                                     picture:   Limone webcam

The motor paddle vessel was observed calling at Limone whilst operating
sailing 2-3 from Peschiera to Riva vice the regular car ferry
She was later seen approaching the pier again just before 1530 on her way back


Wednesday 12th June 2019

MPV Italia  (Lake Garda)

                                                                                                  photo:   David Galloway

The motor paddle vessel departs Salo' on her return sailing 13 back
to Desenzano in glorious sunshine


Whit Saturday 8th June 2019

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                   photos:   Alain Vuistiner

The motor paddle vessel was rostered to operate the afternoon Evian-les-Bains
ferry service instead of the usual motor vessel and is seen waiting at Lausanne
to form her first sailing 1111 to France and later returning on sailing 1112

It is comparatively rare for a CGN ship to display all her flags on a
timetabled sailing - this being an exception due to the Evian-les-Bains Festival

Thursday - 6th June 2019

PS Stadt Luzern  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                              photos:  Robert Horlacher

The old 'port' bolier is lifted out during the major-re-build of the paddle steamer
taking place inside the SGV works dry-dock

Sunday - 2nd June 2019

PS Concordia  (Lake Como - visit to Lecco branch)






                                            photos:   Lukas Bruckner,  Daniel Eichenberger and Jacopo Memmeo

The paddle steamer initially arrives at Bellano (for a lunch break)
then proceeded to Lecco on her first visit this century
- before returning to Como,  she operated a short special sailing S1-S2
to Onno calling at Valmadrera


Saturday - 1st June 2019

PS Neuchâtel  (Lake Neuchâtel - Biel)

                                                                                                  photo:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer approaches Erlach/Cerlier on her return weekly
weekend sailing 42 from Bienne/Biel to Neuchâtel


Monday - 27th May 2019

PS Savoie  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                  photo:   Christian Meyer

The paddle steamer approaches Yvoire on her additional mid-week
afternoon ferry sailing 1348 from Nyon


Sunday - 26th May 2019

PS Lötschberg  (Lake Brienz)

                                                                                                  photo:   Ernst Mischler

The paddle steamer swings round after leaving Brienz pier
to return to Interlaken on her return morning sailing 66


Sunday - 26th May 2019

PS Blümlisalp  (Lake Thun)

                                                                                                  photo:   Ernst Mischler

The paddle steamer heads 'full-speed' astern as she leaves Interlaken for the
first time in 2019 on her regular return afternoon sailing 16 back to Thun

Although the summer season had started a day earlier,   this sailing was
unusually covered by mv Bubenberg as PS Blümlisalp was operating a special
lunchtime sailing for the "Friends AGM"

Sunday - 26th May 2019

PS Gallia  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                                  photo:   Ernst Mischler

The paddle steamer departs Kehrsiten-Bürgenstock on the first day of her
new weekly Sunday morning sailing 43 from Luzern to Beckenried and back

Saturday - 25th May 2019

PS Neuchâtel  (Lake Neuchâtel - Biel)

                                                                                                  photo:   Ernst Mischler

The paddle steamer heads towards a thunderstorm after leaving Twann
on her first outward sailing 41 from Neuchâtel to Bienne/Biel

Thursday - 23rd May 2019

PS Hohentweil (Lake Konstanz)


                                                                                              photo:  Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer arrives Rorschach at 1330 on the outward leg of her
'AGM special' and later leaving "full astern" on her 1600 return sailing


Sunday - 19th May 2019

Naval Parade  (Lake Geneva)




                                                                                              photos:  Robert Horlacher

PS La Suisse arrives at Rolle prior to leading the "rest of the paddle steamers
- Simplon,  Savoie,  Montreux,  Vevey and Italie
" in the parade
At one point PS Montreux tried to give the impression she had been
re-converted to coal firing !

Saturday - 18th May 2019

PS Neuchâtel (Lake Neuchâtel - Biel)

                                                                                              photos:  Alain Vuistiner


                                                                                              photo:  Olivier Bachmann
The paddle steamer operated a special sailing from Neuchâtel to Lüscherz
- a very rare call as the pier is not used by any regular timetables sailings -
for the Trivapor AGM --- she is initally seen loading further passengers
at Ligerz and later after arrival at the small pier at Lüscherz
During the AGM a short "free" cruise was offered to the locals

Sunday 12th May 2019

PS Savoie  Lake Geneva)

                                                                            photo:   Robert Monch

The prolongued strong winds which in resulted in virtually all the
CGN sailings
(including all the cross-lake ferry crossings) being
cancelled over the next three days had already started to build up as the
paddle steamer returned to Geneva on her return sailing 327 from Yvoire

Sunday 5th May 2019

PS Stadt Rapperswil  (Lake Zurich)


                                                                                                   photos:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer waits for time at Rapperswil before crossing the Obersee
on sailing 107 to Schmerikon
before returning to Zurich on sailing 108 where she is seen leaving Thalwil

Friday - 3rd May 2019

MPV Italia  (Lake Garda)

                                                                                                     photo:   Keith Finlay

The motor paddle vessel stands at Riva waiting to operate the return
sailing 3 back to Peschiera vice the regular car ferry
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
This is the first outing of 2019 'reported' to your webmaster
Can you advise is she operated any earlier sailings..........
..........possibly just to the piers at the southern end of the lake  ?

Friday 3rd May 2019

PS Simplon  (Geneva)

                                                                            photo:   Robert Monch

The paddle steamer raises steam at Geneva ready for a private charter sailing

Tuesday - 30th April 2019

PS Montreux (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                              photo:  Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer sets off into the lake on a 'Test Sailing' following her
winter overhaul


Thursday - 25th April 2019

PS Savoie (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                              photo:  Christian Meyer

The paddle steamer returns to Geneva at the end of another day
as she passes her larger sister PS Simplon who is now "on standby"

having completed her pre-Season sailings over the Easter holiday

Wednesday - 24th April 2019

PS Unterwalden (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                              photo:  Robert Horlacher

Owing to strong Föhn winds the paddle steamer sails past Sisikon pier
without attempting to call on sailing 13 from Luzern to Flüen

The following day the Föhn winds were even stronger
and forced her to terminate her sailings at Vitznau

Easter Monday 22nd April 2019

PS Concordia  (Lake Como)

                                                                                                 photo:   Jacopo Memeo

Large crowds on the fore-deck take advantage of the paddle steamer
as she arrives at Lenno on her return sailing 31 back to Como
on the last day of the Easter Weekend

Easter Monday 22nd April 2019

PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                 photos:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer stands at Geneva prior to operating
sailings 102-105 to Lausanne and back and later loads passengers at Yvoire
on her final pre-season sailing of the Easter Weekend
whilst sister PS Savoie waits to follow an hour later on sailing 327

click on either photo for an enlargement of PS Simplon
at Mont Blanc and Yvoire piers respectively

Easter Sunday 21st April 2019

PSs Uri and Schiller  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                            photo:   Robert Horlacher

PS Schiller approaches Beckenried on her first outing of 2019
- sailing 18 to Flüelen



                                                                            photos:   Daniel Eichenberger

Later PS Uri sets off from Gersau on her regular early-season sailing 13
from Luzern to Flüelen
Shortly after PS Schiller
- which had entered service much earlier than previous years
- arrives from Flüelen on sailing 18 on the return leg of her first outing of 2019

Easter Saturday 20th April 2019

PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                            photo:   Robert Monch

The paddle steamer calls Yvoire on return sailing 105
from Lausanne on the second day of her Easter sailings from Geneva

Good Friday 19th April 2019

PSs Simplon and Savoie  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                            photo:   Alain Vuistiner

PS Savoie arrives at Yvoire on sailing 326
as seen from on board PS Simplon who subsequently set off for Geneva first

                                                                            photo:   Robert Horlacher

PS Savoie stands at the inner berth at Yviore
as PS Simplon sets off for Geneva on sailing 105

Good Friday 19th April 2019

PS Unterwalden  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                            picture:   Weggis webcam

The well loaded paddle steamer approaches Weggis on her first sailing 7
of the season from Luzern to Flüelen
with the snow capped Mount Pilatus in the background

Sunday - 14th April 2019

PS Simplon (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                              photo:  Christian Meyer

The paddle steamer approaches Morges on her return afternoon sailing 105
from Lausanne to Geneva


Friday - 12th April 2019

PS Rhône (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                              photo:  Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer enters the dry dock at Ouchy for the start of her
major re-build


Monday 8th April 2019

MPV Italie  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                   photos:   Alain Vuistiner

Owing to the breakdown of Général-Guisan the motor paddle vessel was hastily
sent from Geneva to cover her sailings on the Thonon Ferry runs for three days commencing Monday 8th April

She operated the motor vessel's full roster of sailings 1201-1202-1205-1206-1107-1108-1109-1110-1213-1214-1221-1222-1225-1226

Do YOU have any further information ?

Sunday 7th April 2019

MPV Italie  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                            picture:   Nyon webcam

The motor paddle vessel waits at Nyon pier to return to Geneva
on her regular winter Sunday sailing 331 to Geneva


As it turned out,  this was her final sailing in the Little Lake because on arrival
at Geneva she immediately sailed "light" to Lausanne - ready to take over the
Thonon-les-Bains ferry sailings from first thing the following morning

Sunday 7th April 2019

PS Stadt Rapperswil  (Lake Zurich)

                                                                            picture:   Zurich webcam

The paddle staemer arrives back at Zurich after her first round trip lunchtime
sailings 112-113 to Rapperswil


As her sister is still in dock,   she will now operate these sailings on all
Sundays and Local Holidays throughout April

Thursday 4th April 2019

PS Unterwalden  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                              photo:   Bruno Steiner

The paddle steamer approaches the Acheregg Bridge in snowy conditions
on a pre-season "test" sailing

She is planned to opertate her first timetabled sailing of 2019 on Good Friday

Sunday 31st March 2019

PS Concordia  (Lake Como)

                                                                                              photo:   Riccardo Suzzi

The paddle steamer was brought into service much earlier than expected
due to the non-availability of several of the larger motor vessels
She operated sailings 12-31 from Como to Menaggio and back
followed by a couple of shorter sailings from Como
She is seen approaching Menaggio
after anchoring off the pier for about
an hour
) to form her southbound sailing to Como

Thursday 28th March 2019

PS Schiller  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                              photo:   Andreas Hofer

The paddle steamer return to dock after a pre-season "test" sailing
prior to re-entering public service the following month

PS Schiller  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                              picture:   Luzern webcam

Later on the same day,  the smaller paddle steamer made a rare
pre
-season winter "charter sailing" from Luzern

Sunday 24th March 2019

PS Stadt Luzern  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                              photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

The largest paddle steamer 'floats' on the lake shortly before being moved
into the dry-dock for the start of her major re-build

Saturday 23rd March 2019

PSs Gallia, Schiller, Unterwalden and Uri  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                              photos:   Andreas Hofer

The four "operational" paddle steamers waiting for the start of the 2019 season
as the sun sets over the docks at Luzern

note th scaffolding runnd the funnel of PS Gallia

Friday 15th March 2019

MPV Italie  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                          photo:   Christian Meyer

The motor paddle vessel stands at Geneva Mont-Blanc pier
prior to operating her weekly evening "Fondue Cruise
" sailing 390

Thursday 12th March 2019

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                   photos:   Alain Vuistiner

The motor paddle vessel undertakes her winter maintenance in Ouchy Dry Dock
In additional to the usual overhaul,  she is to receive new stronger water cooled
electric motors and new air conditioning as well as work to her hull

Sunday 3rd March 2019

MPV Italie  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                          photo:   Christian Meyer

The motor paddle vessel sets off from Geneva on her
second short Sunday afternoon sailing 740 from Geneva

Sunday 10th February 2019

MPV Italie  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                      picture:   Nyon webcam

Despite gales causing some cancellations at the other end of the lake,
the motor paddle vessel operated her regular Sunday lunchtime
sailings 330-331 to Nyon
She is about to head out into the mist to return to Geneva

Sunday 27th January 2019

MPV Italie  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                          photos:   Christian Meyer

The motor paddle vessel nears Nyon at the end of the outward
"lunch cruise" sailings 330-331 from Geneva and later "on-board"
approaching Geneva
with its fountain blowing onto the shore

Saturday 26th January 2019

PS Blümlisalp  (Lake Thun)

                                                                                        photos:   Daniel Eichenberger

The first visit to the new dry dock at Thun by a paddle steamer

Wednesday 23rd January 2019

MPV Italie  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                          photo:   Robert Monch

The motor paddle vessel stands at Mont Blanc pier (Geneva) in the snow
waiting for her next Sunday sailing

Sunday 20th January 2019

MPV Italie  (Lake Geneva)


click on both pictures to zoom in                                                                      pictures:   Nyon webcam

Despite no other paddle steamer being in service on any of the Swiss
or Italian lakes - the faithful old motor paddle vessel made her
weekly winter sailings 330-331 from Geneva to Nyon and back

The large crane looks as if it is just waiting for a chance to lift the ship out of the water !

Monday 7th January 2019

MPV Italie and MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)

                                                                                                   photo:   Robert Monch

Following operating Christmas and New Year sailings at Lausanne
MPV Italie arrives at Geneva Mont Blanc pier to take over the winter
weekend sailings vice her sister MPV Vevey
(in the distance at Jardin-Anglais
pier
) which is about to move back to Ouchy dock for her winter overhaul

Sunday 6th January 2019
The Last Day of the Festive Sailings


MPV Italie and MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                   photos:   Alain Vuistiner


                                                                                                   photo:   Daniel Eichenberger


                                                                                                   photos:   Christian Meyer
MPV Italie operated the Lunch cruise sailings 930-931 from Lausanne
to the Upper Lake
before moving on to Geneva the next day to take over
from her sister
MPV Vevey which unusually terminated her second
short afternoon cruise from Geneva at Jardin-Anglais pier

Wednesday 2nd January 2019

PS Blümlisalp  (Lake Thun)

                                                                                                   photo:   Daniel Eichenberger

The paddle steamer leaves Beatenbucht on her final return winter
"Niederhornexpress" sailing 112 back to Thun

Tuesday 1st January 2019

PS Uri  (Lake Luzern)

                                                                                                picture:   Luzern webcam

PS Uri sets off from Luzern on her final special Festive Lunch Cruise
for the 2018-2019 Christmas - New Year Periods

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    BEWARE.......... !

Despite some sailings being officially advertised/planned to be operated by paddle steamers throughout the season, there are inevitably occasions when it has
already been planned they will be replaced by a motor vessel on specific dates
(eg for private charters or special events or breakdowns)
Lake
Event  (if known)
Paddle steamer sailings expected to be replaced by a motor vessel or occasionally cancelled
  Sunday 7th April 2019
Lake Geneva
MPV Italie sailed to Lausanne to
cover the Thonn-les-Bains ferry
after her lunchtime sailing to Nyon
sailings cancelled
1515 Geneva to Bellevue
1550 Bellevue to Geneva
1615 Geneva to Bellevue
1650 Bellevue to Geneva
  Friday 12th April 2019
Lake Geneva
MPV Italie at Lausanne to cover the Thonn-les-Bains ferry
sailings cancelled
1515 Geneva to Bellevue
1550 Bellevue to Geneva
1615 Geneva to Bellevue
1650 Bellevue to Geneva
 Thursday 25th April 2019
Lake Luzern
PS Unterwalden sailings disrupted
by very strong Föhn winds
sailings cancelled
1110 Luzern to Flüelen
  (between Vitznau and Flüelen)
1400 Flüelen to Luzern
  (between Flüelen and Vitznau)
 Sunday 5th May 2019
Lake Como
PS Concordia and the motor vessels disrupted by strong winds
sailings cancelled
1030 Como-Colico
1458 Colico-Como
 Saturday 11th May 2019
Lake Luzern
PS Uri
"friends 'AGM' charter
no attempt made to "step-up"
1110 Luzern to Flüelen
1400 Flüelen to Luzern
 Sunday 12th May 2019
Lake Luzern
PS Uri
Mothers Day Lunch cruise
no attempt made to "step-up"
1110 Luzern to Flüelen
1400 Flüelen to Luzern
  Monday to Wednesday 13th to 15th May 2019
Lake Geneva
all CGN paddle steamers
and motor vessels
Very strong winds
sailings cancelled
ALL advertised timetable sailings (including the ferry crossings
)
  Saturdays 18th May 2019 and until further notice
Lake Brienz
PS Lötschberg
boiler problems
1207 Interlaken to Brienz
1340 Brienz to Interlaken
1507 Interlaken to Brienz
1640 Brienz to Interlaken
 Saturday 18th May 2019
Lake Luzern
All operational paddle steamers
on charter
1110 Luzern to Flüelen
1400 Flüelen to Luzern
  Sunday 19th May 2019
Lake Geneva
all paddle steamers
Naval Parade
ALL advertised timetable sailings
  Sundays 19th May 2019 and until further ntice
Lake Brienz
PS Lötschberg
boiler problems
1207 Interlaken to Brienz
1340 Brienz to Interlaken
1507 Interlaken to Brienz
1640 Brienz to Interlaken
  Mondays to Fridays 20th May 2019 and until further ntice
Lake Brienz
PS Lötschberg
boiler problems
1207 Interlaken to Brienz
1340 Brienz to Interlaken
1507 Interlaken to Brienz
1640 Brienz to Interlaken
 Saturday 25th May 2019
Lake Luzern
PS Gallia
charter
1312 Luzern to Flüelen
1600 Flüelen to Luzern
  Saturday 25th May 2019
Lake Thun
PS Blümlisalp
charter
1240 Thun to Interlaken
1510 Interlaken to Thun
 Saturday 1st June 2019
Lake Luzern
PS Gallia
charter
1310 Luzern to Flüelen
1600 Flüelen to Luzern
 Whit Sunday 9th June 2019
Lake Luzern
PS Gallia
charter
 1040 Luzern to Beckenried 
 1200 Beckenried to Luzern 
 1340 Luzern to Beckenried 
 1500 Beckenried to Luzern 
LATE SGV CHANGE FOR WHIT SUNDAY - "PS GALLIA" TO OPERATE SAILINGS 43-44-45-46 AFTER ALL (before her charter) !!!
  Whit Monday 10th June 2019
Lake Luzern
As Whit Monday is a local holiday
all paddle steamers operate
their normal Sunday sailings
1212 Luzern to Flüelen
1500 Flüelen to Luzern
  Whit Monday 10th June 2019
Lake Zurich
As Whit Monday is a local holiday
PS Stadt Rapperswil
operates her normal Sunday sailings
1330 Zurich to Rapperswil
1530 Rapperswil to Zurich
 Saturday 15th June 2019
Lake Luzern
PS Gallia
charter
1310 Luzern to Flüelen
1600 Flüelen to Luzern
  Monday 17th June 2019
Lake Thun
PS Blümlisalp
charter
1240 Thun to Interlaken
1510 Interlaken to Thun
  Thursday 20th June 2019
Lake Geneva
PS La Suisse
breakdown
sailings cancelled
0920 Lausanne to Le Bouveret
1025 Le Bouveret to Lausanne
1230 Lausanne to Le Bouveret
1333 Le Bouveret to Lausanne
1530 Lausanne to Le Bouveret
1635 Lausanne to Le Bouveret
 Saturday 22nd June 2019
Lake Neuchâtel
PS Neuchâtel
charter
1800 Neuchâtel-Portalban
1850 Portalban-Neuchâtel
  Monday 24th June 2019
Lake Zurich
PS Stadt Rapperswil
charter
1330 Zurich to Rapperswil
1530 Rapperswil to Zurich
  Thusday 27th June 2019
Lake Zurich
PS Stadt Rapperswil
other timetabled sailings
1915 BBQ cruise
 Friday 28th June 2019
Lake Luzern
PS Schiller
charter
1212 Luzern to Flüelen
1500 Flüelen to Luzern
 Saturday 29th June 2019
Lake Luzern
PS Schiller and PS Uri
charters
0912 Luzern to Flüelen
1200 Flüelen to Luzern
 Sunday 30th June 2019
Lake Luzern
PS Uri
charter
0912 Luzern to Flüelen
1200 Flüelen to Luzern
  Friday 5th July 2019
Lake Zurich
PS Stadt Rapperswil
charter
1130 Zurich to Schmerikon
1535 Schmerikon to Zurich
1950 evening fireworks cruise
  Saturday 6th July 2019
Lake Zurich
PS Stadt Rapperswil
fireworks cruise
1130 Zurich to Schmerikon
1535 Schmerikon to Zurich
 Sunday 14th July 2019
Lake Luzern
PS Gallia
charter
1040 Luzern to Beckenried
1200 Beckenried to Luzern
1340 Luzern to Beckenried
1500 Beckenried to Luzern
  Tuesday 16th July 2019
Lake Geneva
PS La Suisse
mid-season servicing work
prior to the very busy
"Fête des Vignerons" period
0920 Lausanne to Le Bouveret
1025 Le Bouveret to Lausanne
1230 Lausanne to Le Bouveret
1333 Le Bouveret to Lausanne
1530 Lausanne to Le Bouveret
1635 Lausanne to Le Bouveret
  Wednesday 17th July 2019
Lake Geneva
PS La Suisse
mid-season servicing work
prior to the very busy
"Fête des Vignerons" period
0920 Lausanne to Le Bouveret
1025 Le Bouveret to Lausanne
1230 Lausanne to Le Bouveret
1333 Le Bouveret to Lausanne
1530 Lausanne to Le Bouveret
1635 Lausanne to Le Bouveret
  Wednesday 17th July 2019
Lake Zurich
motor vessel
charter
0930 Zurich to Rapperswil
1130 Rapperswil to Zurich
1430 Zurich to Rapperswil
1635 Rapperswil to Zurich
  Thursday 18th July 2019
Lake Geneva
Fête des Vignerons
PS Simplon  and PS La Suisse 
special sailing
 0920 Lausanne to Le Bouveret 
 1025 Le Bouveret to Lausanne 
 1230 Lausanne to Le Bouveret 
 1333 Le Bouveret to Lausanne 
 1530 Lausanne to Le Bouveret 
 1635 Le Bouveret to Lausanne 
1050 Lausanne to Geneva
1410 Geneva to Lausanne/Montreux
1920 Montreux to Lausanne
  Friday 19th July 2019
Lake Geneva
Fête des Vignerons
PS Simplon
special sailing
1050 Lausanne to Geneva
1410 Geneva to Lausanne/Montreux
1920 Montreux to Lausanne
 Saturday 20th July 2019
Lake Luzern
PS Uri
charter
0910 Luzern to Flüelen
1200 Flüelen to Luzern
  Tuesday 23rd July 2019
Lake Zurich
no "obvious" reason
probably just to economise
1330 Zurich to Rapperswil
1530 Rapperswil to Zurich
  Wednesday 24th July 2019
Lake Geneva
PS Simplon
charter
1050 Lausanne to Geneva
1410 Geneva to Lausanne/Montreux
1920 Montreux to Lausanne
  Friday 16th August 2019
Lake Thun
PS Blümlisalp
collided with a static yacht the previous evening
1240 Thun to Interlaken
1510 Interlaken to Thun
1840 Thun to Beatenbucht
2003 Beatenbucht to Thun
  Saturday 27th July 2019
Lake Geneva
PS Simplon
charter
1050 Lausanne to Geneva
1410 Geneva to Lausanne/Montreux
1920 Montreux to Lausanne
  Thursday 1st August 2019 - Swiss National Day
Lake Luzern
All paddle steamers
Naval Parade to Brunnen fireworks
1912 Luzern to Beckenried
2032 Beckenried to Luzern
  Thursday 1st August 2019 - Swiss National Day
Lake Neuchâtel
PS Neuchâtel
fireworks cruise
0950 Neuchâtel-Portalban
1040 Portalban-Neuchâtel
1800 Neuchâtel-Portalban
1850 Portalban-Neuchâtel
  Thursday 1st August 2019 - Swiss National Day
Lake Thun
PS Blümlisalp
Naval Parade
sailings cancelled
1840 Thun to Beatenbucht
2003 Beatenbucht to Thun
  Monday 5th August 2019
Lake Geneva
MPV Italie
breakdown
1900 Vevey to Le Bouveret
  Tuesday to Thursday 6th to 8th August 2019
Lake Geneva
MPV Italie
breakdown
0910 Le Bouveret to Lausanne
1100 Lausanne to Le Bouveret
1325 Le Bouveret to Vevey
1405 Vevey to Le Bouveret
1525 Le Bouveret to Vevey
1605 Vevey to Le Bouveret
1725 Le Bouveret to Vevey
1900 Vevey to Le Bouveret
  Thursday 8th August 2019
Lake Zurich
no "obvious" reason
probably just to economise
0930 Zurich to Rapperswil
1130 Rapperswil to Zurich
1430 Zurich to Rapperswil
1635 Rapperswil to Zurich
  Friday 9th August 2019
Lake Geneva
MPV Italie
breakdown
0910 Le Bouveret to Lausanne
1100 Lausanne to Le Bouveret
1325 Le Bouveret to Vevey
1405 Vevey to Le Bouveret
1525 Le Bouveret to Vevey
1605 Vevey to Le Bouveret
1725 Le Bouveret to Vevey
1900 Vevey to Le Bouveret
 Friday 9th August 2019
Lake Luzern
PS Schiller
breakdown
1212 Luzern to Flüelen
1500 Flüelen to Luzern
  Saturday 10th August 2019
Lake Geneva
MPV Italie
breakdown
0910 Le Bouveret to Lausanne
1100 Lausanne to Le Bouveret
1325 Le Bouveret to Vevey
1405 Vevey to Le Bouveret
1525 Le Bouveret to Vevey
1605 Vevey to Le Bouveret
1725 Le Bouveret to Vevey
1900 Vevey to Le Bouveret
1050 Lausanne to Geneva
1410 Geneva to Lausanne/Montreux
1920 Montreux to Lausanne
Fête des Vignerons
PS Simplon
special sailing
  Sunday 11th August 2019
Lake Geneva
MPV Italie
breakdown
0910 Le Bouveret to Lausanne
1100 Lausanne to Le Bouveret
1325 Le Bouveret to Vevey
1405 Vevey to Le Bouveret
1525 Le Bouveret to Vevey
1605 Vevey to Le Bouveret
1725 Le Bouveret to Vevey
1900 Vevey to Le Bouveret
1050 Lausanne to Geneva
1410 Geneva to Lausanne/Montreux
1920 Montreux to Lausanne
Fête des Vignerons
PS Simplon
special sailing
  Monday 12th August 2019
Lake Geneva
MPV Italie
breakdown
0910 Le Bouveret to Lausanne
1100 Lausanne to Le Bouveret
1325 Le Bouveret to Vevey
1405 Vevey to Le Bouveret
1525 Le Bouveret to Vevey
1605 Vevey to Le Bouveret
1725 Le Bouveret to Vevey
1900 Vevey to Le Bouveret
  Mondays to Thursdays 13th to 29th August 2019
Lake Geneva
MPV Italie
breakdown
1050 Lausanne to Geneva
1410 Geneva to Lausanne/Montreux
1920 Montreux to Lausanne
  Friday 16th August 2019
Lake Thun
PS Blümlisalp
Jazz Cruise
1840 Thun to Beatenbucht
2003 Beatenbucht to Thun
  Fridays 16th to 30th August 2019
Lake Geneva
MPV Italie
breakdown
1050 Lausanne to Geneva
1410 Geneva to Lausanne/Montreux
1920 Montreux to Lausanne
  Saturdays 17th to 31st August 2019
Lake Geneva
MPV Italie
breakdown
1050 Lausanne to Geneva
1410 Geneva to Lausanne/Montreux
1920 Montreux to Lausanne
  Sunday 18th August 2019
Lake Zurich
PS Stadt Rapperswil
charter
1130 Zurich to Schmerikon
1535 Schmerikon to Zurich
  Sundays 18th August to 1st September 2019
Lake Geneva
MPV Italie
breakdown
1050 Lausanne to Geneva
1410 Geneva to Lausanne/Montreux
1920 Montreux to Lausanne
  Monday to Thursday 19th to 22nd August 2019
Lake Geneva
PS Simplon
breakdown
1015 Geneva to Lausanne
1405 Lausanne to Geneva
  Friday 23rd August 2019
Lake Geneva
PS Simplon
breakdown
1015 Geneva to Lausanne
note - PS Simplon takes over again from 1405 ex-Lausanne
 Saturday 24th August 2019
Lake Neuchâtel
PS Neuchâtel
charter
0950 Neuchâtel-Portalban
1040 Portalban-Neuchâtel
1135 Neuchâtel-Bienne/Biel
1445 Bienne/Biel-Neuchâtel
1800 Neuchâtel-Portalban
1850 Portalban-Neuchâtel
 Sunday 1st Septrmber 2019
Lake Luzern
PS Gallia
charter
1040 Luzern to Beckenried
1200 Beckenried to Luzern
1340 Luzern to Beckenried
1500 Beckenried to Luzern
 Monday 2nd Septeber 2019
Lake Luzern
PS Schiller
breakdown
1212 Luzern to Flüelen
1500 Flüelen to Luzern
  Monday and Tuesday 2nd and 3rd September 2019
Lake Zurich
no "obvious" reason
probably just to economise
1330 Zurich to Rapperswil
1530 Rapperswil to Zurich
  Wednesday 4th September 2019
Lake Zurich
no "obvious" reason
probably just to economise
0930 Zurich to Rapperswil
1130 Rapperswil to Zurich
1430 Zurich to Rapperswil
1635 Rapperswil to Zurich
  Friday 6th September 2019
Lake Zurich
no "obvious" reason
probably just to economise
1130 Zurich to Schmerikon
1535 Rapperswil to Zurich
  Saturday 14th September 2019
Lake Zurich
PS Stadt Rapperswil
charter
1130 Zurich to Schmerikon
1535 Schmerikon to Zurich
  Sunday 15th September 2019
Lake Zurich
no "obvious" reason
probably just to economise
1130 Zurich to Schmerikon
1535 Schmerikon to Zurich
  Monday 16th September 2019
REINSTATED then again CANCELLED
despite initially being shown on the ZSG website to be replaced by mv Säntis
In the end her sailings were covered by mv Panta Rhei
Lake Zurich
no "obvious" reason
probably just to economise
1330 Zurich to Rapperswil
1530 Rapperswil to Zurich
  Monday 30th September 2019
Lake Zurich
no "obvious" reason
probably just to economise
1330 Zurich to Rapperswil
1530 Rapperswil to Zurich
  Fridays 20th and 27th December 2020
Lake Geneva
MPV Vevey
Christmas holiday period
sailings cancelled
1515 Geneva to Bellevue
1550 Bellevue to Geneva
1615 Geneva to Bellevue
1650 Bellevue to Geneva
1945 Geneva to Coppet
2100 Coppet to Geneva
 2020
  Fridays 3rd to 31st January 2020
Lake Geneva
MPV Vevey
quick mid-winter overhaul
sailings cancelled
1515 Geneva to Bellevue
1550 Bellevue to Geneva
1615 Geneva to Bellevue
1650 Bellevue to Geneva
1945 Geneva to Coppet
2100 Coppet to Geneva
  Sundays 19th and 26th January 2020
Lake Geneva
MPV Vevey
quick mid-winter overhaul
sailings cancelled
1220 Geneva to Nyon
1340 Nyon to Geneva
1515 Geneva to Bellevue
1550 Bellevue to Geneva
1615 Geneva to Bellevue
1650 Bellevue to Geneva
  Friday 14th February 2020
Lake Geneva
MPV Vevey
evening Valentines Diner cruise
sailings cancelled
1515 Geneva to Bellevue
1550 Bellevue to Geneva
1615 Geneva to Bellevue
1650 Bellevue to Geneva
1945 Geneva to Coppet
2100 Coppet to Geneva

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Updated - Lakes Brienz, Geneva, Luzern, Neuchatel, Thun, Zurich, Konstanz, Maggiore, Como, Garda, Neuchatel, Murten, Biel 13th December 2019   e-mail   (c)1999-2019 John B Bird