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2020
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
11th October 2020
Lake Maggiore
PS Piemonte is planned to operate special sailings from Laveno to Isola Superiore and Isola Bella and back on Sunday 11th October and Sunday 25th October in connection with a special steam-hauled train from Milan
10th October 2020
Lake Konstanz
PS Hohentwiel is planned to operate part of a two-ship Afternoon Cruise at 1330 from Rorschach to Hard on Saturday 10th October going out on mv Oesterreich and returning with the paddle steamer
This is the first time for many years that the paddle steamer has served a Swiss pier so late in the season (October) - unless of course YOU know something else ?
13th September 2020
Lake Como
PS Concordia broke down approaching Lecco pier with damage to her engine at the end of sailing 287 from Bellagio on Sunday 13th September - bringing her 2020 season to an abrupt end
The short sailings 288-289 to Onno were immediately cancelled
Several passengers quickly caught the small mv Gigalo on the all stops sailing 290before it was confirmed mv Gigalo was on the way to cover the paddle steamer's  sailing 290 to Bellano
Then the former paddle steamer mv Milano (which had been operating some mid lake ferry runs earlier in the day) covered the early-evening sailing 249 back to Como
The following morning,  car ferry mv Plinio went to Lecco and towed PS Concordia back to Tavernola dock for repairs
Do you have any further information about what went wrong ?
10th September 2020
Lake Konstanz
PS Hohentwiel operated part of a two-ship Afternoon Cruise at 1330 from Rorschach to Hard on Thursday 10th September going out on the paddle steamer and returning on mv Oesterreich
5th September 2020
Lake Como
PS  Concordia operated an evening "Classical Music Cruise from Como at 1700 on Saturday 5th September
1st September 2020
Lake Geneva
PS Montreux had further technical problems at Rolle on her return evening dinner cruise sailing 488 from Yvoire to Lausanne on Tuesday 1st September
Following lengthy "on the spot" repairs,  she eventuallly arrived back at Lausanne approximately 0130 !
To allow her crew to take their mandatory break between duties, the smaller mv Ville-de-Genève covered her afternoon sailings 906-907 the following afternoon between her peak-hour Thonon-les-Bains ferry duties
Do you have any further information about what was wrong ?
27th August 2020
Lake Konstanz
PS Hohentwiel operated part of a two-ship Afternoon Cruise at 1330 from Rorschach to Romanshorn on Thursday 27th August going out on mv Oesterreich and returning with the paddle steamer
In the evening PS Hohentwiel she also operatedan evening Dinner cruise from Romanshorn
25th August 2020
Lake Neuchâtel
PS Neuchâtel broke down at Neuchâtel harbour before the start of service on Tuesday 25th August resulting in her sailings having to be covered by a motor vessel on both the Tuesday and the following Thursday
Do you have any further information about what was wrong ?
15th August 2020
Lake Luzern
PS  Uri operated operate an evening Candlelight Dinner Cruise from Luzern at 2000 on Saturday 15th August
14th August 2020
Lake Thun
PS Blümlisalp was originally planned to operate an evening Jazz Cruise from Thun at 1910 on Friday 14th August but this had to be cancelled due to the Coronavirus precautions
13th August 2020
Lake Konstanz
PS Hohentwiel was planned to operate both an afternoon cruise and an evening ' dinner and theatre cruise' from Rorschach on Thursday 13th August  but the latter had to be cancelled due to the Coronavirus precautions
2nd August 2020
Lake Geneva
PS Montreux broke down at Ouchy on Sunday 2nd August
She remained at Ouchy dock all day for repairs,  so mv Général-Guisan was diverted to cover the afternoon sailings 906-907 then the small mv Lavaux ended up covering the evening sailings 487-488 to Yvoire
She returned to service the following day
Do you have any further information about what was wrong ?
2nd August 2020
Lake Konstanz
PS Hohentwiel operated the outward leg of an Afternoon Cruise at 1330 from Rorschach to a "mystery" destination on Sunday 2nd August where passengers changed to return on mv Oesterreich
1st August 2020
All lakes
Swiss National Day - 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 Garda
Following the easing of the Corinavirus precautions, MPV G Zanardelli operates a short season of Saturday afternoon "one hour ashore" cruises commencing on Saturday 1st August from Peschiera to Salo'
Similar cruises from different locations were also operated on Saturdays 8th15th22nd and 29th August
30th July 2020
Lake Konstanz
PS Hohentwiel operated an evening 'dinner and theatre cruise' from Rorschach on Thursday 30th July
25th July 2020
Lake Como
PS  Concordia operated an evening "Classical Music Cruise from Como at 1800 on Saturday 25th July
22nd July 2020
Lake Geneva
PS La Suisse broke down at Ouchy on Wednesday 22nd July so the small mv Lavoux was quicky brought out to cover her three "Upper Lake" round trip sailings 200-201-202-203-204-205
She remained at Ouchy dock for repairs all the following day only this time her sailings 200-201-202-203-204-205 were covered by mv Lausanne
She returned to her usual sailings on the Friday
Do you have any further information about what was wrong ?
17th July 2020
Lake Garda
To mark the completion of her major two year rebuild (actually November 2019),  the NLG arranged three "Open Days" at Peschiera to enable potential future passengers to have a series of short guided tours round the ship ship on Fridays 17th,  24th and 31st July
Following the Coronavirus restrictions earlier in the year,  the NLG have stated "unfortunately both Zanardelli and Italia, probably will not be in service this season" - so these dates may well end up being the only opportunity to go on board this year
16th July 2020
Lake Konstanz
PS Hohentwiel operated a morning Jazz Cruise at 1000 from Rorschach followed by an Afternoon Cruise from Arbon at 1430 on Thursday 16th July
11th July 2020
Lake Luzern
PS  Uri operated an evening "Candlelight Dinner Cruise from Luzern at 2000 on Saturday 11th July
1st July 2020
Lake Zurich
PS Stadt Zürich operated the first of the new 2020 paddle steamer Lunch Cruises from Zurich at 1200
Her sister PS Stadt Rapperswil had her first turn the following day,  afterwhich these were repeated every Tuesday to Friday throughout July and August
27th June 2020
Lake Maggiore
PS Piemonte was planned to operate an international charter sailing from Arona (Italy) to Locarno (Switzerland) and back on Saturday 27th June 2020 which was "open to the public"  but these had to be postponed until 2021 due to the Coronavirus precautions
20th June 2020
Lake Zurich
50 years of "Raddampfer Ahoi! Zurichsee (1970-2020)"
To mark the achievement,  both paddle steamers are planned to operate a special parade to the Obersee on Saturday 20th June (probably the only visit of 2020 as there are no longer any timetbled sailings) along with the former ZSG mv Etzel
In addition the small SS Greif from Lake Greif is to be transported by road to join in the parade,  but only sailing as far as Tiefenbrunnen
17th June 2020
Lake Zurich
Despite the advertised timetable only requiring one paddle steamer to be in service on any given day,   unusually both are rostered to operate normal timetabled services - the 1115 and 1415 daytime sailings to Rapperswil,  afterwhich PS Stadt Rapperswil will operate the 1715 evening cruise sailings 117-118 instead of the regular motor vessel on Wednesday 17th June
11th June 2020
Lake Konstanz
PS Hohentwiel was planned to operate the return leg of an Afternoon Cruise at 1330 from Romanshorn to Friedrichshafen on Thursday 11th June with passengers sailing out on mv Oesterreich,  but these had to be cancelled due to the Coronavirus precautions
30th May 2020
Lake Magiore
74th anniversary of the "Italian Republic"
To mark the event PS Piemonte operated three days of four special "one hour cruises" from Stresa over the Whit Weekend - a 'fitting' tribute following the long period of "lockdown" in the area due to the Coronavirus pandemic
30th May 2020
Lake Geneva
100th Birthday of PS Simplon (1920-2020)
To mark the 100 years of the paddle steamer,   was planned to operate the timetabled sailings from Lausanne to the Upper Lake sailings 920-921-922-923-288-289 vice her sister PS La Suisse on Saturday 30th May and repeated on Sunday 31st May also Monday 1st June,  but these had to be cancelled due to the Coronavirus precautions
27th May 2020
all Swiss Lakes
The Swiss "Federal Council today announced a relaxation to the Coronavirus precautions meaning "Tourist" sailings on the lakes can restart from Saturday 6th June  (two days earlier than widely predicted)
In most cases the lake operating companies will commence sailings with a reduced level of service - details of which will apprea on this website as soon as the details are made public
See the index to the left of this page for links to all the lakes - if it not there, then click here for it to be added
3rd May 2020
Lake Konstanz
PS Hohentwiel was planned to operate a morning Jazz Cruise at 0930 from Arbon followed by an Afternoon Cruise at 1330 to Romanshorn on Sunday 3rd May going out on the paddle steamer and returning with mv Oesterreich,  but this had to be cancelled due to the Coronavirus precautions
30th April 2020
Lake Konstanz
PS Hohentwiel was planned to operate an evening Dinner Cruise from Konstanz at 1900 on Thursday 30th April,  but this had to be cancelled due to the Coronavirus precautions
26th April 2020
Lake Konstanz
PS Hohentwiel was planned to operate an Afternoon Cruise at 1330 from Romanshorn to Rorschach on Sunday 26th April going out on the paddle steamer and returning with mv Oesterreich,  but this had to be cancelled due to the Coronavirus precautions
25th April 2020
Lake Konstanz
PS Hohentwiel was planned to operate an Afternoon Cruise from Konstanz to Meersburg at 1415 on Saturday 25th April,  but this had to be cancelled due to the Coronavirus precautions
18th April 2020
Lake Luzern
PS  Uri was planned to operate an evening " Candlelight Dinner Cruise from Luzern at 2000 on Saturday 18th April,  but this had to be cancelled due to the Coronavirus precautions
12th April 2020
All lakes
Easter Sunday 12th April
Lake Luzern
PS Unterwalden was originally planned to operate an Easter Lunch Cruise from Luzern at 1130 on Easter Sunday 12th April,  but this had to be cancelled due to the Coronavirus precautions
1st January 2020
Lake Thun
Owing to morning fog,  the planned morning "Niederhornexpress" sailings 111-112 by PS Blümlisalp to Beatenbucht and back had to be cancelled on New Year's Day
2019
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19th October 2019
Lake Geneva
PS Simplon operated an evening Bavarian "Oktoberfest" cruise" from Geneva at 1900 on Saturday 19th October
3rd October 2019
Lake Konstanz
PS Hohentwiel operated a morning Jazz Cruise from Konstanz at 1000 on Thursday 3rd October
29th September 2019
Lake Zurich
PS Stadt Rapperswil operated the final sailings 107-108 of 2019 from Zurich to Schmerikon in the Obsrsee on Sunday 29th September
As this sailing is no longer included in the "draft" ZSG timetable for 2020,  this may well be the last visit by a paddle steamer on a normal timetabled sailing for a considerable time
23rd September 2019
Lake Brienz
Owing to a problem with one of the engines of mv Jungfrau and mv Interlaken already being in the dock,  mv Brienz had to cover her roster and in consequence PS Lötschberg (which should have finished her season the previous Sunday) had to remain in service to cover the main roster commencing Monday 23rd September - she was spotted still in service on Thursday 26th September and continued until Tuesday 1st October
14th and 15th September 2019
Lake Geneva
PS La Suisse operated five short 45 minute" cruises from Ouchy Harbour on both Saturday 14th September and Sunday 15th September in connection with the CGN "Open Days" which this year includes the opportunity to see restoration work on PS Rhône in the covered dry dock
8th September 2019
Lake Como
PS Concordia made a second "repeat" sailing to Lecco (only her third visit this century) operating sailings 216-  217  -281-sp1-sp2-288-249 vice the regular motor vessel
- this time in windy conditions which caused suspension of some legs of the day's sailings between 1200 and 1440
2nd September 2019
Lake Luzern
PS Schiller remained in dock for further repairs on Monday 2nd September resulting in mv Schwyz having to cover her lunchtime sailings 17-26 to Flüelen for the second time in less than a month
Do you have any further information why she was unable to sail or if it was a repeat of the problem on Friday 9th August ?
19th August 2019
Lake Geneva
PS Simplon sustained damage to her paddle wheel floats after passing over a large floating tree on Sunday 18th August resulting in her being withdrawn from serviced on the Monday and subsdequently towed to Ouchy dock for repairs by mv Henry-Dunant
This meant the small mv Morges had to cover sailings 102-105 on the Monday and Tuesday 19th and 20th August,  with mv Général-Guisan taking over for the following Wednesday and Thursday

Do you have any further information ?
16th August 2019
Lake Thun
PS Blümlisalp operated an evening Jazz Cruise from Thun at 1910 on Friday 16th August
9th August 2019
Lake Luzern
PS Schiller remained in dock for repairs on Friday 9th August instead of operating her previously advertised lunchtime sailings 17-26 to Flüelen - her sailings were covered by mv Schwyz
Do you have any further information why she was unable to sail ?
8th August 2019
Lake Konstanz
PS Hohentwiel operated a two-ship afternoon cruise at 1330 from Arbon on Thursday 8th August going out on mv Oesterreich - which has joined the HSG fleet this year - and returning with the paddle steamer followed by an evening dinner cruise from Arbon at 1900
5th August 2019
Lake Geneva
MPV Italie broke down at Montreux due to problems with her starboard paddle wheel towards the end of her sailing 509 on Monday 5th August
In consequence sailing 510 was cancelled,  so PS Simplon picked up the Vevey passengers on her sailing 908 and after picking up "Italie's Montreux passenger made an additional call at Le Bouveret on her return sailing 909 to Lausanne to drop them off
Commencing Tuesday 6th August mv Général-Guisan covered her Upper Lake Cruise sailings 901-904-504-505-506-507-508-509-510 round the Upper Lake until further notice

Do you have any further information ?
2nd August 2019
Lake Luzern
PS Uri operated the first of several weekly evening Jazz cruises from Luzern at 1925 on Friday 2nd August
1st August 2019
All lakes
Swiss National Day - Thursday 1st August
Lake Geneva
PS La Suisse operated evening Fireworks Cruise from Lausanne at 2015 on Thursday 1st August
Lake Konstanz
PS Hohentwiel operated both an afternoon cruise and an evening 'dinner and theatre cruise' from Rorschach on Thursday 1st August
Lake Luzern
Fireworks at Brunnen
All four (operational) paddle steamers paraded in convoy followed by some of the motor vessels from Luzern at 1945 to Brunnen for the annual fireworks display on Thursday 1st August
Lake Neuchâtel
PS Neuchâtel operated an evening Fireworks Cruise from Neuchâtel on Thursday 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 Thursday 1st August
Lake Zurich
PS Stadt Rapperswil operated an evening Dinner Cruise from Zurich at 2015 on Thursday 1st August after her Sunday/Public Holiday timetabled sailing to Schmerikon
31st July 2019
Lake Geneva
MPV Italie operated an evening Fireworks cruise from the Upper Lake piers to Le Bouveret on Wednesday 31st July
28th July 2019
Lake Zurich
PS Stadt Rapperswil terminated her "Upper Lake" sailing 107 sailing to Schmerikon at Pfäffikon and the return sailing 108 also started from the same pier on Sunday 28th July due to strong side winds
Presumably the captain wisely decided not to risk a repeat of Friday 17th July 2015 when the same paddle steamer was blown against the side of the narrow channel to the Upper Lake which resulted in major damage to her paddle wheel and an immediate termination of her season for long-term repairs
25th July 2019
Lake Thun
PS Blümlisalp drifted slightly off course at Faulensee on the return evening sailing 126 on Thursday 25th July and collided with two small,  moored sailing boats
She remained in dock for safety checks the following day being covered by mv Bubenberg

In the absence of any defect being found,  she returned to her normal service on the Saturday (27th July)
Do you have any further information ?
21st July 2019
Lake Konstanz
PS Hohentwiel operated both an afternoon cruise and an evening 'dinner and theatre cruise' from Rorschach on Sunday 21st July
16th July 2019
Lake Geneva
PS La Suisse remained in dock at Lausanne for two days of mid-season servicing on Tuesday 16th July and Wednesday 17th July - this was a sensible precaution before the very busy "Fête des Vignerons period" at Vevey
This time her three Upper Lake sailings 200-201-202-203-204-205 were covered by mv Lausanne

Do you have any further information ?
14th July 2019
Lake Geneva
PS La Suisse operated an evening Fireworks cruise from Lausanne at 1950 to the display at Evian-les-Bains on Sunday 14th July
7th July 2019
Lake Konstanz
PS Hohentwiel operated an afternoon cruise at 1330 from Romanshorn on Sunday 7th July going out on the paddle steamer and returning with mv Oesterreich - which has joined the HSG fleet this year
6th July 2019
Lake Zurich
PS Stadt Rapperswil operated an evening Fireworks cruise from Zurich to the Zurich Festival on Saturday 6th July
A similar cruise originally advertised for Friday 5th July had to be cancelled as the paddle steamer had a private charter
29th June 2019
Lake Geneva
MPV Italie operated an evening Fireworks cruise from the Upper Lake piers to Le Bouveret on Saturday 29th June for the 450 years of French-Swiss Friendship celebrations
22nd June 2019
Lake Como
PS Concordia operated a special evening Fireworks Cruise from Como to Isola Comacina for the annual St John's Feast at 2015 on Saturday 22nd June
20th June 2019
Lake Geneva
PS La Suisse remained at Lausanne all day Thursday 20th June due to a breakdown
Unusually,  intead of "stepping-up" other members of the fleet to cover at least some of her sailings,  the CGN simply took the easy way out and cancelled her three round trips sailings 200-201-202-203-204-205 to the Upper Lake

Do you have any further information ?
8th June 2019
Lake Geneva
MPV Vevey operated the afternoon Evian-les-Bains Ferry Service in connection with the Whit Weekend Festival on Saturday 8th June and Sunday 9th June
Lake Konstanz
PS Hohentwiel operated an evening Jazz Cruise from Konstanz at 1900 on Saturday 8th June
1st June 2019
Lake Konstanz
PS Hohentwiel operated an evening Dinner Cruise from Konstanz at 1900 on Saturday 1st June
30th May 2019
Lake Konstanz
PS Hohentwiel operated an afternoon cruise at 1330 from Rorschach on Thursday 30th May going out on the paddle steamer and returning with mv Oesterreich - which had joined the HSG fleet this year
25th May 2019
Lake Neuchâtel
PS Neuchâtel operated her first timetabled sailingvto Bienne/Biel since returning to service in 2014 on Saturday 25th May,  which will be repeated most Saturdays throughout the 2019 season
25th May 2019
Lake Brienz
Further problems forced PS Lotschberg to terminate what had become her first return sailing 66 of the 2019 season at Giessbach See on Saturday 25th May
After yet more repairs,  she was back in service normally the following day
18th May 2019
Lake Neuchâtel
PS Neuchâtel operated a special Lunch Cruise from Lüscherz pier at 1315 on Saturday 18th May in conjunction with the Trivapor "AGM"
Lake Brienz
Owing to boiler problems,   PS Lotschberg was unable to re-enter service as planned on Saturday 18th May but after replairs was able to commenced her 2019 season a week later on Saturday 18th May
5th May 2019
Lake Como
PS Concordia was rostered to operate the full length sailings 14-45 from Como at 1030 to Colico on Saturday 5th May
Unfortunately,  this sailing,  along with most others on the lake,   had to be cancelled due to exceptionally strong winds
30th April 2019
Lake Konstanz
Both PS Hohentwiel and mv Oesterreich - which has joined the HSG fleet this year - operated a 'two-ship' international afternoon cruise from Lindau at 1345 to Rorschach on Tuesday 30th April
27th April 2019
Lake Konstanz
PS Hohentwiel operated an afternoon International cruise from Konstanz to Meersburg at 1415 on Saturday 27th April
26th April 2019
Lake Konstanz
PS Hohentwiel operated an evening Dinner Cruise from Konstanz at 1900 on Friday 26th April
21st April 2019
All lakes
Easter Sunday 21st April
Lake Luzern
PS Unterwalden operated an Easter Lunch Cruise from Luzern at 1130 on Easter Sunday 21st April
13th April 2019
Lake Luzern
PS Uri operate a winter evening "Candlelight Dinner Cruise" from Luzern at 2000 on Saturday 13th April
14th February 2019
Lake Geneva
MPV Italie operated a special Evening Valentines Dinner Cruise from Geneva on Thursday 14th February
1st January 2019
All lakes
New Year's Day - Tuesday 1st January
Lake Geneva
MPV Italie and MPV Vevey operated New Year's Day Lunch Cruises from Lausanne and Geneva respectively on Tuesday 1st January
Lake Luzern
PS Uri operated a New Year's Day Lunch Cruise from Luzern at 1130 on Tuesday 1st January
Lake Thun
PS Blümlisalp operated timetabled sailings 111-112-15-16 from Thun at 1008 and 1240 on Tuesday 1st January
2018
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
31st December 2018
All lakes
New Year's Eve - Monday 31st December
Lake Geneva
MPV Italie and MPV Vevey operated evening Dinner Cruises from the Upper Lake and Geneva respectively on Monday 31st December
Lake Luzern
PS Uri operated an evening Gala Dinner Cruise from Luzern at 1930 on Monday 31st December
Lake Thun
In additional to the regular timetabled sailings 111-112-15-16   PS Blümlisalp operated an evening Gala Dinner Cruise from Thun at 2010 on Monday 31st December
25th December 2018
All lakes
Christmas Day - Tuesday 25th December
Lake Geneva
MPV Vevey and MPV Italie operated Christmas Lunch Cruises from Geneva and Lausanne respectively on Christmas Tiesday 25th December
Lake Luzern
PS Uri operated a Christmas Lunch Cruise from Luzern at 1130 on Christmas Day - Monday 25th December
Lake Thun
PS Blümlisalp operated timetabled sailings 111-112-15-16 from Thun at 1008 and 1240 on Christmas Day - Tuesday 25th December then daily until Wednesday 2nd January
24th December 2018
Lake Luzern
PS Uri operated a Christmas Eve Gala Dinner Cruise from Luzern at 1930 on Monday 24th December
20th October 2018
Lake Como
Owing to a shortage of motor vessels PS Concordia made a rare autumn appearance and covered the full length sailings 14-45 from Como at 1030 to Colico on Saturday 20th October - this being her first visit to the head of the in 2018 and probably* the first time on a public timetabled sailing since 2011
She continued on this roster each day until Wednesday 24th October by which time mv Manzoni had completed her repairs enabling her to take over from the Thursday
* - can you confirm or advise otherwise ?
30th September 2018
Lake Maggiore
PS Piemonte operated a special International Charter Cruise from Stresa (Italy) to Ascona at the Swiss end of the lake on Sunday 30th September
This sailing is open to the public
25th August 2018
Lake Garda
MPV Italia operated an evening Fireworks Cruise from Riva at 2115 on Saturday 25th August
17th August 2018
Lake Thun
PS Blümlisalp operated an evening Jazz Cruise from Thun at 1910 on Friday 17th August
9th August 2018
Lake Luzern
PS Gallia suffered a breakdown which caused her to miss her booked sailings on both Thursday 9th August and Friday 10th August
In consequence her sister PS Schiller "stepped-up" to cover her Best of Lake Luzern cruise to Brunnen her teatime sailings 19-22-29-38

Do you have any further information ?
2nd August 2018
Lake Geneva
Whilst operating her afternoon sailing 106 from Geneva MPV Vevey got what turned out to be a "slackline" wrapped around its starboard paddle as she approached the Eaux-Vives pier - it had earlier been attached between two piles but had subsequently dropped into the water - and after leaving these solid lines began to cause some overheating as well as damaging the mechanism
After the crew realised what the problem was she was terminated at Yvoire resuting in the remainder of her saiings planned for Thursday 2nd August being cancelled
She was later towed back to Ouchy dock for repairs by mv Général-Guisan
It is assumed her passengers either had to cross to Nyon slightly later on PS Savoie for an onward train connection or wait for the evening sailing back to Lausanne on PS Montreux
In consequence mv Henry-Dunant was brought back from "standby" at Geneva yet again to cover her sailings from Friday 3rd August
She is expected to be out of service for between a week and ten days

Do you have any further information ?
1st August 2018
All lakes
Swiss National Day - Wednesday 1st August
Lake Geneva
PS La Suisse operated an evening Fireworks Cruise from Lausanne at 2015 on Wednesday 1st August
Lake Konstanz
PS Hohentwiel operated afternoon and evening cruises from Rorschach, Romanshorn and Arbon on Wednesday 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 Wednesday 1st August
Lake Neuchâtel
PS Neuchâtel operated an evening Fireworks Cruise from Neuchâtel at 2000 on Wednesday 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 Wednesday 1st August
Lake Zurich
PS Stadt Rapperswil operated an evening Dinner Cruise from Zurich at 2015 on Wednesday 1st August after her Sunday/Public Holiday timetabled sailing to Schmerikon
31st July 2018
Lake Geneva
MPV Italie operated an evening Fireworks cruise from the Upper Lake piers to Le Bouveret on Tuesday 31st July
17th July 2018
Lake Geneva
MPV Italie returned to Lausanne dock for initially three days of repairs on Tuesday 17th July and her Upper Lake sailings were covered by mv Henry-Dunant
The problems must have been more than originally anticipated as her stay was extended until Wednesday 25th July
16th July 2018
Lake Luzern
Owing to further unknown problems,   PS Stadt Luzern remained at the dock all day on both Monday 16th July and Tuesday 17th July
Instead of her sisters "stepping up" to cover all the advertised "Gotthard Panoramic Express" sailings 13-24,  the new mv Diamant did the honours
The same arrangement also happened on the following day (Tuesday)

Do you have any further information why PS Stadt Luzern was unable to sail as advertised ?
15th July 2018
Lake Neuchâtel
PS Neuchâtel broke down at Neuchâtel after operating her morning sailing to Portalban on Sunday 15th July and engineers then appeared to be having problems with the mechanism for lowering the funnel (necessary to pass under low bridge en route to and from Murtensee)
Her lunchtime sailing to Murten was covered by mv Ville-de-Neuchâtel and possibly for the rest of the day
Can you confirm if she did also miss her afternoon sailings ?
Rudder problems were also later reported and she ended up missing all her sailings on Tuesday 17th July as well,  but following repairs she was back in service on Thursday 19th July as seen at lunchtime at Murten
14th July 2018
Lake Geneva
PS La Suisse operated an evening Fireworks cruise from Lausanne at 1950 to the display at Evian-les-Bains on Saturday 14th July
12th July 2018
Lake Geneva
PS Montreux brokedown at Lausanne with technical problems before the start of service on Thursday 12th July
In consequence mv Henry-Dunant was brought back from "standby" at Geneva to cover sailings 906-907-487-488 to the Upper Lske and Yvoire
She was expected to be out of service for four days

Do you have any further information ?
5th July 2018
Lake Luzern
Owing to unknown problems,   PS Gallia remained at the dock all day on Thursday 5th July
In consequence PS Schiller was brought out to cover her afternoon sailings 21-30
The same arrangement also happened on the following day (Friday)

Do you have any further information why PS Gallia was unable to sail as initially advertised ?
2nd July 2018
Lake Luzern
Owing to unknown problems,   PS Stadt Luzern remained at the dock all day on Monday 2nd July
In consequence PS Gallia was brought out to cover with most of her sisters "stepped up" to cover all the advertised paddle steamer sailings
The same arrangement also happened on the following day (Tuesday)

Do you have any further information why PS Stadt Luzern was unable to sail as advertised ?
Lake Thun
Owing to unknown problems,   PS Blümlisalp remained at the dock all day on Monday 2nd July
In consequence mv Bubenberg was brought out to cover sailings 15-16 to Interlaken
Do you have any further information why PS Blümlisalp was unable to sail as advertised ?
28th June 2018
Lake Zurich
PS Stadt Rapperswil operated the first of several "new" Thursday evening BBQ cruises from Zurich on Thursday 28th June
Similar cruises are also planned for 12th and 26th July,  23rd August and 26th September
22nd June 2018
Lake Thun
Owing to unknown problems,   PS Blümlisalp broke down on Friday 22nd June back from Interlaken in the late afternoon
In consequence her evening sailings 125-126 to Beatenbucht were covered by mv Oberland on both Friday and Saturday and her Saturday daytime sailings 15-16 to Interlaken was covered by mv Bubenberg

Do you have any further information ?
21st June 2018
Lake Luzern
Owing to unknown problems,   PS Unterwalden remained at the dock for two days
In consequence PS Gallia remained in service to cover with most of her sisters "stepping up" to cover most of the advertised sailings on both Thursday and Friday 21st and 22nd June although the afternoon Alpnachstad sailing had to be covered by mv Waldstätter

Do you have any further information why PS Uri was unable to sail as advertised ?
19th June 2018
Lake Luzern
Owing to unknown probelems,   PS Uri remained at the dock all day
In consequence PS Gallia was brought out to operate the 0910 sailings 7-18 to Fluelen and return on Tuesday 19th June
The proplem must have be worse than initially thought as the SGV roster was further amended to repeat the same changes the following day

Do you have any further information why PS Uri was unable to sail as advertised ?
19th May 2018
Lake Konstanz
PS Hohentwiel operated an evening Jazz Cruise from Konstanz at 1900 on Saturday 19th May
14th May 2018
Lake Geneva
PS La Suisse remained at Ouchy dock for further repairs
In consequence the smaller MPV Vevey covered sailings 920-921-922-923 on Monday and Tuesday 14th and 15th May
Do you have any further information ?
6th May 2018
All lakes
Swiss Navigation Day - Sunday 6th May
Lake Konstanz
PS Hohentwiel operated a morning Jazz Cruise followed by an afternoon cruise from Arbon at 1000 and 1450 on Sunday 6th May
Lake Zurich
Both and PS Stadt Rapperswil and PS Stadt Zürich were unusually both in public service on the same day operating the 1030 and 1530 sailings 105-106-115-116 to Rapperswil and the first full-length 1130 sailings 107-108 of 2018 to Schmerikon respectively on Sunday 5th May
29th April 2018
Lake Geneva
Owing to unknown technical probelms,   PS La Suisse remained at Ouchy dock
In consequence mv Valais quickly covered sailings 920-921-922-923 on Sunday 29th April
Do you have any further information ?
22nd April 2018
Lake Luzern
Owing to unknown probelms,   PS Unterwalden remained at the dock all day
In consequence PS Stadt Luzern (which had previously been used for a pre-season charter) was brought out to operate the 1110 "Gotthard Panorama Express" sailings 13-24 and PS Uri was planned to cover sailings 7-18 on Sunday 22nd April
In the end mv Gotthard operated the early sailings 7-18 before towing that paddle steamer to dock - presumably also for repairs
Far from the start to the season the SGV were hoping for !!!

Do you have any further information why both PS Unterwalden and PS Uri were unable to sail as planned ?
1st April 2018
All lakes
Easter Sunday 1st April
Lake Como
PS Concordia made a surprise early appearance in 2018 operating timetabled sailings 12-31-340-341-348-349 from Como at 0950 on Easter Sunday 1st April
Lake Luzern
PS Unterwalden operated an Easter Lunch Cruise from Luzern at 1130 on Easter Sunday 1st April
24th March 2018
Lake Luzern
PS Uri operated a winter evening "Candlelight Dinner Cruise" from Luzern at 2000 on Saturday 24th March
14th February 2018
Lake Geneva
MPV Vevey and MPV Italie operated special Evening Valentines Dinner Cruises from Geneva and Lausnne respectively on Wednesday 14th February
1st January 2018
All lakes
New Year's Day - Monday 1st January
Lake Geneva
MPV Italie and MPV Vevey operated New Year's Day Lunch Cruises from Geneva and Lausanne respectively on Monday 1st January
Lake Luzern
PS Uri operated a New Year's Day Lunch Cruise from Luzern at 1130 on Monday 1st January
Lake Thun
PS Blümlisalp operated timetabled sailings 111-112-15-16 from Thun at 1010 and 1240 on Monday 1st January
2017
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31st December 2017
All lakes
New Year's Eve - Sunday 31st December
Lake Geneva
MPV Italie and MPV Vevey operated an evening Dinner Cruises from Geneva and the Upper Lake respectively on Sunday 31st December
Lake Luzern
PS Uri operated an evening Gala Dinner Cruise from Luzern at 1930 on Sunday 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 2010 on Sunday 31st December
25th December 2017
All lakes
Christmas Day - Monday 25th December
Lake Geneva
MPV Vevey and MPV Italie operated Christmas Lunch Cruises from Geneva and Lausanne respectively on Monday 25th December
Lake Luzern
PS Uri operated a Christmas Lunch Cruise from Luzern at 1130 on Christmas Day - Monday 25th December
Lake Thun
PS Blümlisalp operated 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 operated the timetabled Christmas Eve Lunch Cruises from Geneva and Lausanne respectively on Sunday 24th December
Lake Luzern
PS Uri operated an evening Gala Dinner Cruise from Luzern at 1930 on Sunday 24th December
11th December 2017
Lake Geneva
Owing to a very bad weather forecast for the week,   MPV Vevey was pressed into service to cover the Thonon-les-Bains ferry in lieu of mv Lausanne from lunchtime on Monday 11th December until the end of service on Friday 15th December
Storms prevented her sailing in the morning on Thursday 14th 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
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