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2017
If you have any further news please e-mail me so the information can be posted for the benefit of other visitors to this website
25th December 2017
All lakes
Christmas Day - Monday 25th December
Lake Geneva
MPV Vevey and MPV Italie are planned to operate Christmas Lunch Cruises from Geneva and Lausanne respectively on Monday 25th December
Lake Luzern
PS Uri is planned to operate a Christmas Lunch Cruise from Luzern at 1130 on Christmas Day - Monday 25th December
Lake Thun
PS Blümlisalp is planned to operate timetabled sailings 111-112-15-16 from Thun at 1010 and 1240 on Christmas Day - Monday 25th December then daily until Tuesday 2nd January
24th December 2017
All lakes
Christmas Eve - Sunday 24th December
Lake Geneva
MPV Italie and MPV Vevey are planned to operate the timetabled Christmas Eve Lunch Cruises from Geneva and Lausanne respectively on Sunday 25th December
Lake Luzern
PS Uri is planned to operate an evening Gala Dinner Cruise from Luzern at 1930 on Sunday 24th December
10th-11th November 2017
Lake Luzern
PS Uri operated two rare winter evening "Candlelight Dinner Cruises" from Luzern at 2000 on Friday 10th November and Saturday 11th November
29th October 2017
Lake Geneva
PS La Suisse operated winter timetabled sailings 1107-1108-1109-1110-930-931 to Evian-les-Bains and the Upper lake on Sunday 29th October - something normally restricted to the motor paddle vessels
21st October 2017
Lake Maggiore
PS Piemonte operated a special International Charter Cruise from Arona (Italy) to Locarno at the Swiss end of the lake on Saturday 21st October
This sailing is open to the public
7th October 2017
Lake Zurich
PS Stadt Rapperswil operated an evening "Fondue Cruise" from Zurich at 2000 on Saturday 7th October
16th September 2017
Lake Zurich
PS Stadt Zürich set off from Zurich as planned at 1130 for Schmerikon on Saturday 16th September operating sailing 107 but had rudder problems off-Schmerikon - it then took over 40 minutes before the passengers were able to get ashore following use of the emergency rudder
The return sailing 108 was cancelled, but after further repairs, the paddle steamer later made her own way 'light' back to dock
Despite sister PS Stadt Raperswil being spare, the ZSG rostered mv Wädenswil to cover the same sailings on the Sunday
The paddle steamer was back in service again on the Monday
3rd September 2017
Lake Konstanz
PS Hohentwiel operated a morning Jazz Cruise and an afternoon International cruise from Konstanz at 1000 and 1415 on Sunday 3rd September
Lake Luzern
Owing to insufficient operational motor vessels - compounded by the breakdown of mv Schwyz for several days,  PS Stadt Luzern had to be rostered to operate the lightly loaded 1000 ferry sailing 504 connection off the recently re-opened Bürgenstock funicular on Sunday 3rd September before operating her regular "Gotthard Panorama Express" sailings 13-24 to Flüelen
This released the small regular ferry mv Titlis to cover another motor vessel

2nd September 2017
Lake Konstanz
PS Hohentwiel operated morning, afternoon and evening cruises from Altnau and Konstanz on Saturday 2nd September
27th August 2017
Lake Geneva
PS Rhône operated a special ABVL Charter Cruise from Lausanne and Morges to Amphion and Evian-les-Bains as part of her "90th Birthday celebrations"
26th August 2017
Lake Zurich
PS Stadt Rapperswil set off from Zurich as planned at 0930 for Rapperswil on Saturday 26th August operating sailing 103 but 'appanently' failed to return
Later sister PS Stadt Zürich arrived light from the dock at 1415 and covered the 1430 sailing 113 to Rapperswil

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13th August 2017
Lake Geneva
Owing to PS La Suisse having to go into dock for urgent pre-planned repairs PS Rhône operated the Lausanne based Upper Lake sailings 200-201-202-203-204-205 from Sunday 13th August to Thursday 17th August inclusive
PS Montreux brokedown at Lausanne with minor "technical problems" and her evening sailings 487-488 to and from Yvoire had to be covered by the much smaller mv Morges
She returned to service at 1415 the following day

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12th August 2017
Lake Luzern
PS Stadt Luzern remained at the dock for the second time in less than a week with further "technical problems"
PS Schiller "stepped-up" to cover the 1110 "Gotthard Panorama Express" sailings 13-24 and mv Europa was again pressed into covering advertised paddle steamer sailings on Saturday 12th August

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10th August 2017
Lake Luzern
PS Schiller remained at the dock for the second time this year with "technical problems"
Onced again mv Europa was pressed into covering advertised paddle steamer sailings on Thursday 10th August

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6th August 2017
Lake Konstanz
PS Hohentwiel operated a morning Jazz Cruise and an evening Theatre Cruise from Rorschach) at 1000 and 1815 on Sunday 6th August
Lake Luzern
PS Stadt Luzern remained at the dock all day with some form of "technical problem"
Unusually, rather than "stepping-up" one of the other paddle steamers, the 1110 "Gotthard Panorama Express" sailings 13-24 had to be covered by mv Europa on Sunday 6th August

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1st August 2017
All lakes
Swiss National Day - Tuesday 1st August
Lake Geneva
PS La Suisse operated an evening Fireworks Cruise from Lausanne at 2015 on Tuesday 1st August
Lake Konstanz
PS Hohentwiel operated morning, afternoon and evening cruises from Rorschach, Romanshorn and Arbon on Tuesday 1st August
Lake Luzern
Fireworks at Brunnen
All five paddle steamers paraded in convoy followed by some of the motor vessels from Luzern at 1945 to Brunnen for the annual fireworks display on Tuesday 1st August
Lake Neuchâtel
PS Neuchâtel operated an evening Fireworks Cruise from Neuchâtel at 2000 on Monday 1st August instead of her regular timetabled sailings
Lake Thun
In additional to the regular afternoon timetabled sailings 15-16   PS Blümlisalp took part in the annual evening naval parade from Thun at 2020 along with most of the lake's motor vessels on Tuesday 1st August
Lake Zurich
PS Stadt Zürich operated an evening Dinner Cruise from Zurich at 2015 on Tuesday 1st August after her Sunday/Public Holiday timetabled sailing to Schmerikon
31st July 2017
Lake Geneva
MPV Vevey operatd an evening Fireworks cruise from the Upper Lake piers to Le Bouveret on Monday 31st July
23rd July 2017
Lake Konstanz
PS Hohentwiel operated an evening Dinner and Theatre Cruise from Konstanz at 1900 on Sunday 23rd July
19th July 2017
Lake Zurich
Following operating her normal timetabled sailings the previous day, the paddle steamer remained in dock from Wednesday 19th July whilst repairs were made to her port paddle wheel
It is understood this involved re-welding part of her new paddle wheel which had been built to replace the one which was damaged when she grounded in strong winds on Friday 17th July 2015
She ran a public "test" day as far as Rapperswil only on Thursday 17th August..........
..........and subsequently re-started her regualar timetabled sailings alternating with sister PS Stadt Zürich the following Wednesday
14th July 2017
Lake Geneva
PS La Suisse operated an evening Fireworks cruise from Lausanne at 1950 to the display at Evian-les-Bains on Friday 14th July
4th July 2017
Lake Luzern
Despite PS Schiller originally being rostered to operate her usual sailings, she visited the dock on Tuesday 4th July for two days of repairs
- DO YOU KNOW WHY ?
Fortunately only four paddle steamers are advertised in service at this time of the year, so her sister PS Gallia will cover her sailings 21-30 for the two days
23rd June 2017
Lake Konstanz
PS Hohentwiel operated an Afternoon Cruise from Konstanz at 1430 and an evening Wine and Dine Cruise from Konstanz at 1900on Friday 23rd June
12th June 2017
Lake Luzern
Despite PS Uri originally being planned to operate her normal sailings 7-18 from Luzern to Flüelen on Monday 13th June she made a visit to dock - DO YOU KNOW WHY ?
Fortunately only four paddle steamers are advertised in service at this time of the year, so her sisters were able to "step-up" to cover
She returned to service on Wednesday 14th June before returning to dock for two more days on Friday 16th June and Saturday 17th June
11th June 2017
Lake Geneva
PS Rhône operated three special "Creux de Sciez" circuits serving the piers at Margencel,  Sciez and Excenevex which are no longer served by regular timetabled sailings on Sunday 11th June
4th June 2017
Lake Konstanz
PS Hohentwiel operated two International Cruises from Konstanz to Immenstaad (Germany) at 1025 and 1315 on Sunday 4th June
3rd June 2017
Lake Geneva
PS Rhône operated the mid-morning sailing from Lausanne to Yvoire/Nyon over the 3-Day Whit weekend commencing Saturday 3rd June
Lake Konstanz
PS Hohentwiel operated an evening Jazz Cruise from Konstanz at 1900 on Saturday 3rd June
25th May 2017
Lake Geneva
PS Simplon suffered a lubrification problem in the low pressure cylinder whilst operating sailing 102 from Geneva on Ascension Thursday 25th May and was taken was taken out of service at Lausanne for quick repairs
In consequence return sailing 105 was covered by the much smaller ferry mv Ville-de-Genève - a rare occasion for her to visit Geneva
The paddle steamer was quickly repaired and returned light to Geneva the following day allowing her to cover the weekend sailings 102-105 as originally planned
7th May 2017
All lakes
Swiss Navigation Day - Sunday 7th May
Instead of the usual "last Sunday in April" it was held slightly later in 2017
Lake Thun
To celebrate 25 years back in service PS Blümlisalp opened her anniversary year with a special 3 hour pre-season family "sailing day" including special offers and surprises for Adults and Children at 1114 from Thun on Sunday 7th May
6th May 2017
Lake Zurich
PS Stadt Rapperswil operated an evening "Dinner Cruise" from Zurich at 2000 on Saturday 6th May
This special sailing was originally advertised for Saturday 29th April
29th April 2017
Lake Geneva
PS Simplon operated a pre-season afternoon " Charter Cruise" for the 'ABVL' AGM from Montreux on Saturday 29th April
24th April 2017
Lake Geneva
PS Savoie suffered a failure just before operating the 1140 sailing 920 from Lausanne to Château-de-Chillon (it turned out to be a minor technical problem with an engine pump that occurred just before sailing) which was quickly repaired to enable the paddle steamer to return to service with the afternoon sailings 922-923
To cover, the CGN turned out the much smaller mv Général-Guisan at short notice to cover the sailing, afterwhich she was later able to operate her regular evening Thonon-les-Bains ferry crossing
17th April 2017
All lakes
Easter Monday 17th April
Lake Konstanz
PS Hohentwiel operated a morning Jazz Cruise from Konstanz at 1000 on Easter Monday 17th April
16th April 2017
All lakes
Easter Sunday 16th April
Lake Konstanz
PS Hohentwiel operated an evening Dinner Cruise from Konstanz at 1900 on Easter Sunday 16th April
Lake Luzern
PS Unterwalden operated an Easter Lunch Cruise from Luzern at 1130 on Easter Sunday 16th April resulting in her morning timetabled sailings 7-18 had to be replaced by a mv Gotthard
Lake Zurich
PS Stadt Rapperswil operated the lunchtime timetabled sailings 109-110 from Zurich to Rapperswil and return on Easter Sunday 16th April
14th April 2017
All lakes
Good Friday 14th April
Lake Geneva
As a result of a very good weather forecast PS La Suisse was rostered to operate the Upper Lake sailings 920-921-922-923 from Lausanne in order to provide additional capacity on Good Friday 14th April
Lake Zurich
PS Stadt Rapperswil operated the lunchtime timetabled sailings 109-110 from Zurich to Rapperswil and return on Friday 14th April and all over the Easter weekend
10th April 2017
Lake Geneva
As a result of a major overhaul of the regular ferry mv Léman  PS La Suisse operated most of the weekday Evian-les-Bains ferry sailings for several weeks commencing Monday 10th April
9th April 2017
Lake Geneva
PS La Suisse operated a rare winter afternoon ABVL "Charter Cruise" from Lausanne dock in conjunction with a special Steam-Hauled train from Le Bouveret to Rivaz/St-Saphorin (hauled by Pacific loco 01 202) on Sunday 9th April
28th March 2017
Lake Zurich
PS Stadt Rapperswil operated a pre-season evening "Charter Cruise" for the 'Aktion pro Raddampfer' AGM from Zurich Wollishofen on Tuesday 28th March
This "suggests" all the repair work following her breakdown on Sunday 8th May 2016 has been successfully completed
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18th March 2017
Lake Luzern
PS Unterwalden operated a rare winter evening "Candlelight Dinner Cruise" from Luzern at 2000 on Saturday 18th March
14th February 2017
Lake Geneva
MPV Italie and MPV Vevey operated special Evening Valentines Dinner Cruises from Geneva and Lausnne respectively on Tuesday 14th February
3rd February 2017
Lake Geneva
MPV Italie and MPV Vevey re-started the weekly winter-Friday Fondue Cruises from Geneva and Lausanne respectively on Friday 3rd February
1st January 2017
All lakes
New Year's Day - Sunday 1st January
Lake Geneva
MPV Vevey and MPV Italie operated New Year's Day Lunch Cruises from Geneva and Lausanne respectively on Sunday 1st January
Lake Luzern
PS Uri operated a New Year's Day Lunch Cruise from Luzern at 1130 on Sunday 1st January
Lake Thun
PS Blümlisalp operated timetabled sailings 111-112-15-16 from Thun at 1010 and 1240 on Sunday 1st January
2016
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31st December 2016
All lakes
New Year's Eve - Saturday 31st December
Lake Geneva
MPV Vevey and MPV Italie operated evening Dinner Cruises from Geneva and the Upper Lake respectively on Saturday 31st December
Lake Luzern
PS Uri operated an evening Gala Dinner Cruise from Luzern at 1930 on Saturday 31st December
Lake Thun
In additional to the regular timetabled sailings 111-112-15-16   PS Blümlisalp operated an evening Dinner Cruise from Thun at 2040 on Saturday 31st December
25th December 2016
All lakes
Christmas Day - Sunday 24th December
Lake Geneva
MPV Vevey and MPV Italie operatead Christmas Lunch Cruises from Geneva and Lausanne respectively on Sunday 25th December
Lake Luzern
PS Uri operated a Christmas Lunch Cruise from Luzern at 1130 on Christmas Day - Wednesday 25th December
Lake Thun
PS Blümlisalp operated timetabled sailings 111-112-15-16 from Thun at 1010 and 1240 on Christmas Day - Sunday 25th December then daily until Monday 2nd January
24th December 2016
All lakes
Christmas Eve - Saturday 24th December
Lake Luzern
PS Uri operated an evening Gala Dinner Cruise from Luzern at 1930 on Saturday 24th December
22nd December 2016
Lake Geneva
MPV Itale unusually operated the evening Thonan-les-Bains ferry sailings 1213-1214-1221-1222-1225-1226 from Lausanne on Thursday 22nd December
25th November 2016
Lake Luzern
PS Uri operated the first of her season of Advent Evening Cruises from Luzern on Friday 25th November
30th October 2016
Lake Geneva
PS Savoie operated winter timetabled sailings - something normally restricted to the motor paddle vessels
This will be her first timetabled sailing for several years outside the Little Lake (her only other "escape" this year was a special sailing for the Naval Review)
She will sail from Lausanne to both Evian-les-Bains (in France) and Château-de-Chillon (in the Upper Lake) when she operates sailings 1107-1108-1109-1110-930-931 on Sunday 30th October
6th October 2016
Lake Zurich
PS Stadt Zürich operated an evening "Fondue Cruise" from Zurich at 2000 on Thursday 6th October
4th September 2016
Lake Konstanz
PS Hohentwiel operated two International Cruises from Rorschach to Wasserburg (Germany) at 1155 and 1450 on Sunday 4th September
29th August 2016
Lake Thun
Owing to a problem with her low-pressure cylinder lubrication system PS Blümlisalp was unable to sail and her daytime sailings 15-16 to Interlaken were covered by mv Beatus
Repairs continued on the Tuesday and mv Beatus again covered the daytime sailings but the larger mv Berner Oberland operated the evening sailings 125-126 to Interlaken
The paddle steamer returned returned to service on Wednesday 31st August
27th August 2016
Lake Garda
MPV G Zanardelli operated an evening Fireworks Cruise from Riva at 2115 on Saturday 27th August
19th August 2016
Lake Luzern
At approximately 1330 on Friday 19th August PS Unterwalden suddenly swung round through 90% (understood to have been caused by a 'rudder electronic-control' problem) damaging her bows as she collided into her sister PS Schiller off-Hermitage --- after some delay, she limped back to Luzern with her 136 passengers then proceeded direct to dock to assess the damage and remained there for several days
Meanwhile mv Gotthard was quickly dispatched from Luzern and the 321 passengers on board PS Schiller were transferred to the motor vessel which completed sailings 21-30 - the paddle steamer then returned light to dock to assess her damage - she was back in service the following day

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12th August 2016
Lake Thun
PS Blümlisalp operated an evening Jazz Cruise from Thun at 1910 on Friday 12th August
5th August 2016
Lake Luzern
PS Stadt Luzern operated the first of several evening Jazz Cruises from Luzern at 1925 on Friday 5th August
1st August 2016
All lakes
Swiss National Day - Monday 1st August
Lake Geneva
PS La Suisse operated an evening Fireworks Cruise from Lausanne at 2015 on Sunday 1st August
Lake Konstanz
PS Hohentwiel operated a selection of cruises from Rorschach, Arbon and Romanshorn at 1000, 1415, 1505 and 1900 on Monday 1st August
Lake Luzern
Fireworks at Brunnen
All five paddle steamers paraded in convoy followed by some of the motor vessels from Luzern at 1945 to Brunnen for the annual fireworks display on Monday 1st August
Lake Neuchâtel
PS Neuchâtel operated an evening Fireworks Cruise from Neuchâtel at 2000 on Monday 1st August
Lake Thun
In additional to the regular afternoon timetabled sailings 15-16   PS Blümlisalp took part in the annual evening naval parade from Thun at 2020 along with most of the lake's motor vessels on Monday 1st August
Lake Zurich
PS Stadt Zurich operated an evening Dinner Cruise from Zurich at 2015 on Monday 1st August after her timetabled sailing to Schmerikon
31st July 2016
Lake Geneva
MPV Vevey operated an evening Fireworks cruise from the Upper Lake piers to Le Bouveret on Sunday 31st July
14th July 2016
Lake Geneva
PS La Suisse operated an evening Fireworks cruise from Lausanne at 2015 to the display at Evian-les-Bains on Thursday 14th July
10th July 2016
Lake Konstanz
PS Hohentwiel operated an evening Jazz Cruise from Rorschach at 1315 on Sunday 10th July
2nd July 2016
Lake Zurich
PS Stadt Zürich operated an evening "Zurich Festival Fireworks Cruise" from Zürich Wollishofen on Saturday 2nd July
1st July 2016
Lake Zurich
PS Stadt Zürich operated an evening "Zurich Festival Fireworks Cruise" from Zürich Wollishofen on Friday 1st July
24th June 2016
Lake Neuchâtel
Following a short period 'out of action' due to problems with her condenser, PS Neuchâtel returned to service and operated three days of special sailings from Yverdon-les-Bains for the ""Fêtes Eau-Lac" on Friday 24th June  Saturday 25th June and Sunday 26th June
19th June 2016
Lake Konstanz
PS Hohentwiel operated an afternoon International Cruise from Romanshorn to Friedrichshafen at 1315 on Sunday 19th June
14th June 2016
Lake Zurich
Whilst operating sailing 107 from Zurich to Schmerikon on Tuesday 14th June, PS Stadt Zürich suffered problems with the burners to her boiler and she limped as far as Rapperswil where the sailing was terminated
Following quick repairs she was able to operate return sailing 108 commencing at Rapperswil at 1700
She was observed the following morning approaching Zurich pier to operate the regular sailing to Schmerikon

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7th June 2016
Lake Neuchâtel
On arrival back at Neuchâtel after her regular sailings on Tuesday 7th June a crack was discovered in the covering plate of the condenser and all sailings from Wednesday onwards were replaced by a motor vessel
Although a completely new plate will need to be made for her overhaul next winter, it was decided to weld the offending crack to enable her to return to service after a couple of weeks and finish the rest of the 2016 season
5th June 2016
Lake Como
PS Concordia operated special Cruises from Como at 1030 and 1815 also Bellagio at 1230 and 1430 on Sunday 5th June - then every Sunday until 18th September
4th and 5th June 2016
Lake Geneva
Rolle Belle Epoque 1900 Weekend 2016
PS Simplon operated the 1045 sailing from Lausanne on both the Saturday and the Sunday (returning from Rolle at 1552)
  
30th May 2016
Lake Brienz
Owing to boiler problems PS Lötschberg was unable to sail on Monday 30th May so her sailings had to be covered by a motor vessel
29th May 2016
Lake Maggiore
PS Piemonte operated a special International Charter Cruise from Arona (Italy) to Ascona at the Swiss end of the lake on Sunday 29th May
21st May 2016
Lake Neuchâtel
PS Neuchâtel operated a special pre-season charter sailing from Neuchatel to Concise for the Trivapor AGM on Saturday 21st May
15th May 2016
Lake Konstanz
PS Hohentwiel operated two International Cruises from Altnau to Hagnau (Germany) at 1150 and 1415 on Sunday 15th May
8th May 2016
All lakes
Swiss Mothers Day - Sunday 8th May
Lake Konstanz
PS Hohentwiel operated a morning Jazz Cruise from Arbon at 1000 on Sunday 8th May
Lake Luzern
PS Uri operated a special Mothers Day Lunch Cruise from Luzern at 1130 on Sunday 8th May
Lake Zurich
PS Stadt Rapperswil operated a special Mothers Day Lunch Cruise from Zurich at 1130 on Sunday 8th May........
......but instead of then operating an afternoon sailing to Rapperswil, she limped back to dock for repairs - which turned out to be more serious than initially thought, so after discovering the piston rings of the high pressure cylinder were broken the ZSG subsequently announced the paddle steamer would be taken out of service for the rest of the 2016 season
23rd April 2016
Lake Zurich
PS Stadt Rapperswil operated an evening "Dinner Cruise" from Zurich at 2000 on Saturday 23rd April
27th March 2016
Lake Luzern
PS Unterwalden operated an Easter Lunch Cruise from Luzern at 1130 on Easter Sunday 27th March
14th February 2016
Lake Geneva
MPV Vevey operated a special Evening Valentines Dinner Cruise from Geneva at 2015 on Sunday 14th February
1st January 2016
All lakes
New Year's Day - Friday 1st January
Lake Thun
PS Blümlisalp operated timetabled sailings 111-112-15-16 from Thun at 1010 and 1240 on New Year's Day - 1st January then daily until Sunday 3rd January
2015
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31st December 2015
All lakes
New Year's Eve - Thursday 31st December
Lake Geneva
MPV Vevey operated an evening Dinner Cruise from Geneva at 2000 on Thursday 31st December
Lake Luzern
PS Uri operated an evening Gala Dinner Cruise from Luzern at 1930 on Thursday 31st December
Lake Thun
In additional to the regular timetabled sailings 111-112-15-16   PS Blümlisalp operated an evening Dinner Cruise from Thun at 2040 on Thursday 31st December
25th December 2015
All lakes
Christmas Day - Friday 25th December
Lake Geneva
MPV Vevey operated a Lunch Cruise from Geneva to Nyon at 1220 on Christmas Day - Friday 25th December 
Lake Thun
PS Blümlisalp operated timetabled sailings 111-112-15-16 from Thun at 1010 and 1240 on Christmas Day - Friday 25th December then daily until Sunday 3rd January
24th December 2015
 
Christmas Eve - Thursday 24th December
Lake Luzern
PS Uri operated an evening Gala Dinner Cruise from Luzern at 1930 on Thursday 24th December
19th November 2015
Lake Luzern
PS Uri operated the first of her extended season of Advent Evening Cruises from Luzern on Thursday 19th November
23rd October 2015
Lake Geneva
MPV Vevey operated the first of the weekly Winter Friday evening Fondue cruises from Geneva on Friday 23rd October
26th September 2015
Lake Konstanz
PS Hohentwiel operated an evening Dinner Cruise from Konstanz at 1900 on Saturday 26th September
30th August 2015
Lake Konstanz
PS Hohentwiel operated an evening Jazz Cruise from Arbon at 1900 on Sunday 30th August
29th August 2015
Lake Garda
MPV G Zanardelli operated an evening Fireworks Cruise from Riva at 2105 on Saturday 29th August
14th August 2015
Lake Thun
PS Blümlisalp operated an evening Jazz Cruise from Thun at 1910 on Friday 14th August
9th August 2015
Lake Geneva
PS Montreux broke down with a leaking superheater to her boiler at Lausanne before the start of service and her afternoon sailings 906-907 from Lausanne to Château-de-Chilllon on Sunday 9th August
Unfortunately she remained 'out of action' for the remainder of the 2015 season

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7th August 2015
Lake Luzern
PS Stadt Luzern operated the first of several evening Jazz Cruises from Luzern at 1920 on Friday 7th August
1st August 2015
All lakes
Swiss National Day - Saturday 1st August
Lake Geneva
PS La Suisse operated an evening Fireworks Cruise from Lausanne at 2030 on Saturday 1st August
PS Montreux broke down at Lausanne before the start of service and her afternoon sailings 906-907 from Lausanne to Château-de-Chilllon on Saturday 1st August
She was quickly repaired in time for her to operate her regular evening sailings 906-907 to Yvoire and return

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Lake Luzern
Fireworks at Brunnen
All five paddle steamers paraded in convoy followed by some of the motor vessels from Luzern at 1945 to Brunnen for the annual fireworks display on Saturday 1st August
Lake Neuchâtel
PS Neuchâtel operated an evening Fireworks Cruise from Neuchâtel at 2000 on Saturday 1st August
Lake Thun
In additional to the regular afternoon timetabled sailings 15-16   PS Blümlisalp took part in the annual evening naval parade from Thun at 2020 along with most of the lake's motor vessels on Saturday 1st August
Lake Zurich
PS Stadt Zürich operated an Evening Dinner Cruise from Zurich at 2015 on Saturday 1st August after her timetabled sailing to Schmerikon
31st July 2015
Lake Geneva
MPV Vevey operated an evening Fireworks cruise from the Upper Lake piers to Le Bouveret on Friday 31st July
17th July 2015
Lake Thun
PS Blümlisalp operated an evening Jazz Cruise from Thun at 1910 on Friday 17th July
Lake Zurich
At approximately 1630 whilst operating sailing 108 from Schmerikon strong winds blew PS Stadt Rapperswil aground near Pfäffikon where she sustained damage to her port paddle wheel and was immediately taken out of service
After the Lake Police had taken 7 passengers direct to land, mv Limmat which was operating sailing 115 was summoned and the remainder of the 91 passengers on board were transferred and taken back to Zurich
The paddle steamer was later towed to the Zurich-Wollishofen dock by mv Phanta Rhei for repairs
Commencing the following day the sailings previously allocated to PS Stadt Rapperswil were re-allocated to PS Stadt Zürich
The revised ZSG on-line "ships roster" for Swiss Nationl Day initially appreaed without her and the ZSG late announced she will be 'out of action' for eight weeks, but this had subsequently been amended to 'out of action' for the remainder of the 2015 season

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14th July 2015
Lake Geneva
PS La Suisse operated an evening Fireworks cruise from Lausanne at 2015 to the display at Evian-les-Bains on Tuesday 14th July
11th July 2015
Lake Thun
Shortly after returning to Thun following the evening cruise, a small fire broke out in deep frier in the kitchen on board PS Blümlisalp
She was taken out of service for a couple of days and was replaced by mv Bubenberg on the Monday (she it is expected she will return to service on Tuesday 14th July)
Do you know who covered for her on the Sunday or have any more information ?
5th July 2015
Lake Konstanz
PS Hohentwiel operated an evening Jazz Cruise from Romanshorn at 1900 on Sunday 5th July
30th June 2015
Lake Garda
MPV Italia was made a very rare mid-week outing when she operated sailings 10-11-12-13-14-15 at the southern end of the lake vice a smaller motor vessel on Tuesday 30th June
Are you aware of any earlier sailing ?
28th June 2015
Lake Luzern
PS Stadt Luzern broke down at Luzern on Sunday 28th June with generator problems and her place on the Sunday Wilhelm Tell Express sailings 13-24 was covered by mv Waldstätter then her sisters were juggled to cover from from the Monday until she returned to service on Friday 3rd July
Do you have any further details ?
26th June 2015
Lake Neuchâtel
PS Neuchâtel operated three days of special sailings from Yverdon-les-Bains for the "Fête Eau-Lac" on Friday 26th June  Saturday 27th June and Sunday 28th June
24th June 2015
Lake Geneva
PS Simplon broke down with engine problems at Nyon on the outward sailing 102 from Geneva on Wednesday 24th June
The sailing was terminated and the rest of her roster was cancelled for the day - both mv Valais and mv Col-Vert conveyed the 200 passengers on to Yvoire
She later made her own way slowly to Ouchy dock for repairs, but not until after PS Rhône had been forced to abandon her morning call at Nyon on sailing sailing 101
Over the "next few days" four different motor vessels covered parts of her sailings
She is expected to remain out of service for a week to ten days

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20th June 2015
Lake Neuchâtel
PS Neuchâtel operated a special sailing from Neuchatel to Biel for the Trivapor AGM followed by a lunch cruise on Saturday 20th June
These were the only sailings on Lake Biel during 2015
15th June 2015
Lake Luzern
PS Schiller broke down at Vitznau with generator problemson the return sailing 30 from Flüelen on Monday 15th June
In consequence PS Stadt Luzern on sailing 29 had to 'double bank' at 1809 in order to pick up her passengers for onward travel to Luzern
She was still at Vitznau pier at 2010 when PS Unterwalden operating the evening Sunset Cruise also had to 'double-bank' with her but eventually left Vitznau just after 2030 under her own steam
She returned to service the following day

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7th June 2015
Lake Konstanz
PS Hohentwiel operated two International Cruises from Altnau to Hagnau (Germany) at 1150 and 1415 on Sunday 7th June
Lake Zurich
Whilst operating sailing 108 on Sunday 7th June, owing the machanical failure of the recently installed funnel lowering equipment, the paddle steamer had to remain at Altendorf pier until the crew eventually managed to lower it manually after dismantling part of the outer casing - during which time most passengers had returned home by alternative transport
After the funnel was lowered, she later continued 'limited stop' back to Zurich with a handfull of passengers

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