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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
8th October 2021
Lake Konstanz
PS Hohentwiel is planned to take part in a two-ship Afternoon Cruise at 1330 from Arbon on Friday 8th October going out on the paddle steamer and returning on mv Oesterreich
11th September 2021
Lake Garda
MPV G Zanardelli is planned to operate an afternoon cruise from Peschiera to Isola del Garda on Saturday 11th September
22nd August 2021
Lake Neuchâtel
Owing to a defective "water level sensor" PS Neuchâtel remained at Neuchâtel harbour on Sunday 22nd August whilst repairs were carried out ready for her next day in service
In consequence,   all her sailings had to be covered by a motor vessel
19th August 2021
Lake Luzern
PS Stadt Luzern remained at the dock at Luzern YET AGAIN for a further repairs on Thursday 19th August
A last minute change of rosters meant mv Europa had to step-up and cover the Gotthard Panorama Express sailings 13-24 from Luzern to Flüuelen and return
17th August 2021
Lake Konstanz
PS Hohentwiel operated an afternoon cruise followed by an evening ' dinner and theatre cruise' from Rorschach on Tuesday 17th August
14th August 2021
Lake Garda
MPV G Zanardelli operated an afternoon cruise from Desenzano to Isola del Garda on Saturday 14th August
7th August 2021
Lake Garda
MPV G Zanardelli operated an afternoon cruise from Peschiera to Isola del Garda on Saturday 7th August
1st August 2021
All lakes
Swiss National Day - Sunday 1st August
Lake Konstanz
PS Hohentwiel operated an afternoon cruise' from Rorschach followed by an evening 'dinner cruise' from Arbon on Sunday 1st August
Lake Luzern
Just three paddle steamers took part in the annual parade in convoy followed by some of the motor vessels from Luzern at 1945 to Brunnen on Sunday 1st August
Lake Neuchâtel
PS Neuchâtel operate an evening Fireworks Cruise from Neuchâtel at 2000 on Sunday 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 some of the lake's motor vessels on Sunday 1st August
Lake Zurich
PS Stadt Rapperswil operated an evening Dinner Cruise from Zurich at 2015 on Sunday 1st August instead of her usual timetables sailings which were covered by mv Linth
29th July 2021
Lake Konstanz
PS Hohentwiel operated an evening 'dinner and theatre cruise' from Rorschach on Thursday 29th July
28th July 2021
Lake Luzern
PS Stadt Luzern remained at the dock at Luzern for a further planned two days meaning her Gotthard Panorama Express sailings 13 from Luzern to Flüuelen and return had to be covered by mv Diamant on Wednesday and Thursday 28th July
Surprisingly due to quick repairs she returned to service on the Thursday after missing just one day
18th July 2021
Lake Konstanz
PS Hohentwiel took part in a two-ship Afternoon Cruise at 1330 from Arbon on Saturday 18th July going out on the paddle steamer and returning on mv Oesterreich
14th July 2021
Lake Geneva
PS La Suisse operated an evening Fireworks cruise from Lausanne at 1950 to the display at Evian-les-Bains on Wednesday 14th July
10th July 2021
Lake Luzern
Owing to the rapidly rising water level in the Upper Lake - meaning much steeper gangways at the smaller piers - the SGV decided to replace the new sailings 43-44 normally opereated by PS Gallia with mv Schwyz commencing Saturday 10th July - initially for just three days,  but subsequently extended for "at least" a week..........
..........then only a couple of hours later PS Stadt Luzern failed and she had to be replaced by mv Europa on sailings 13-24 leaving an all time low of just two paddle steamers in service on a peak weekend
7th July 2021
Lake Thun
Owing to the "Low Water Level" on the lake - it had been partially drained in anticipation of heavy rain - ALL sailings by both PS Blümlisalp and the motor vessels were SUSPENDED on Wednesday 7th July and again on Thursday 8th July
Sailings were able to resume on Friday 9th July and Saturday 10th July as a large volume of water had flowed from lake Brienz along the River Aare had rapidly raised the water level on lake Thun to near normal
Lake Geneva
Initially PS Montreux remained at the dock at Ouchy for "unknown" repairs resulting in mv Henry-Dunant having to cover her afternoon and evening sailings 906-907-478-488 to Châteaux-de-Chillon and Yvoire respectively
Later MPV Italie broke down at Montreux at approximately 1640 whilst operating her afternoon sailing 508 from Vevey to Le Bouveret - resulting in the remained of her sailings for the day having to be CANCELLED
Commencing the following day mv Henry-Dunant took over the Upper Lake Circle Cruise sailings 901-904-504-505-506-507-508-509-510 "until further notice" whist MPV Italie remained at Le Bouveret pier for rerpairs
Do you have any further information ?
28th June 2021
Lake Thun
PS Blümlisalp suffered damage to her paddle floats resulting in her having to remain at the dock for repairs on Monday 28th June
Her advertised sailings were covered by mv Berner Oberland and again the next two day
She return to service on Thursday 1st July
26th June 202!
Lake Luzern
PS  Stadt Luzern operated her first special sailing since her major rebuild - the first of a new monthly evening Wine and Dine Cruise from Luzern at 1930 on Saturday 26th June
25th June 2021
Lake Luzern
The recently re-built PS Stadt Luzern yet again failed to operate her advertised sailing to Flüelen
With no time to prepare another paddle steamermv Europa had to cover the "Gotthard Panorama Express" sailing 13 and return
16th June 2021
Lake Geneva
Owing to the American/Russian "summit" at Geneva..........
..........all sailing from Geneva by PS Savoie and the motor vessels were SUSPENDED all day on Wednesday 16th June
13th June 2021
Lake Geneva
MPV Italie broke down at Le Bouveret due to an "unknown" problem, prior to her first sailing 521 of the day on Sunday 13th June resulting in its cancellation
Sister MPV Vevey was quickly sent from Ouchy to cover the remainder of the Upper Lake "circle" cruises from 1005
With ongoing problems, MPV Vevey berthed overnight at Le Bouveret and was scheduled to continue in the Upper Lake until further notice
Do you have any further information ?
12th June 2021
Lake Konstanz
PS Hohentwiel operated an Afternoon Cruise and an Evening Jazz Cruise from Konstanz at 1430 and 1900 on Saturday 12th June
5th June 2021
Lake Neuchâtel
During the pre-Season check before entering service,  it was discovered there was a problem with the old generator on PS Neuchâtel meaning her already delayed planned start of the 2021 season due to Coronavirus restrictions on Saturday 5th June would not be met
Work is now in hand with repairs and a revised planned start date of early-July is more likely - in the interim her advertised 'four days a week' sailings will have to be covered by a motor vessel
BEWARE - remember ALL Monday and Tuesday NLM sailings are suspended as aa post-Coronavirus economy measure throughout June
further details will be given as soon as known
23rd May 2021
Lake Luzern
For many years the small motor vessel mv Mythen was based at Brunnen for the summer and as well as the covering the morning and evening ferry sailings to Treib (for Seelisberg commuters) operated useful additional daytime round trips in the Upper Lake. These served the piers used by people walking the popular "“Weg der Schweiz" path (round the lake between Seelisberg/Rütli and Brunnen via Flüelen
Following her withdrawal at the end if the 2020 season - without specific replacement - these sailings no longer operate in 2021
Aa partial compensation,  from Whit Sunday 23rd May,  PS  Gallia (which prior to the Coronavirus precautions normally operated two round trips from Luzern to Beckenried) has had her 'middle' legs replaced by a round trip to Flüelen over the busy lunchtime period --- thus replacing her small "w" pattern of sailings with a large "V" - which is also designed to provide additional capacity to help relieve the busy afternoon sailings as day trippers return using the various intermediate 'funicular' (Treib),  'cable car' (Beckenried), 'rack-rail' (Vitznau) and 'funicular' (Kehrsiten-Bürgenstock) mountain connections
15th May 2021
Lake Maggiore
PS Piemonte operated three weekends of special timetabled sailing from Arona and Stresa commencing Saturday 15th May to Sunday 30th May inclusive
As a result of experience over the first weekend,  the timings for the afternoon sailings were adjusted for the following weekends to give more time
14th May 2021
Lake Luzern
The recently completely re-built PS Stadt Luzern broke down at Rütli with boiler problems whilst operating her outward sailing 13 from Luzern to Flüuelen on Friday 14th May
After quick repairs she left approximately 35 minutes late and sailed direct to Flüelen
Whilst stopped,   mv Diamant  'double-banked' taking some passengers back to Luzern
As a result of the outward delay,   return sailing 24 ran approximately 10 minutes late throughout and was even reported running about 44 r.p.m. between Hertenstein and Verkehrshaus
PS Uri had to cover her sailings the following day and she was back sailing normally on Sunday 16th May
..........BUT she had to return to the dock for a further four days on Monday 17th May followed by Tuesday 25th May,  Thursday 17th June (for two more days) and again on Monday 21st June (for a further two days)
In all these cases PS Gallia was pre-planned to join her sisters and they 'stepped up' to cover the flagship's sailings
13th May 2021
Swiss Lakes
As Ascension Thursday 13th May was a local holiday in Switzerland,  the normal Sunday Timetables operated on Lakes Geneva,   Luzern,   Thun and Zurich
Owing to the ongoing Coronavirus precautions, only motor vessels operated on Lakes Brienz and Neuchâtel
Lake Konstanz
PS Hohentwiel was planned to take part in a two-ship Afternoon Cruise at 1330 from Rorschach on Thursday 13th May going out on the paddle steamer and returning on mv Oesterreich,  but this had to be cancelled due to the further extension of the Coronavirus precautions
9th May 2021
Lake Luzern
A paddle steamer was advertised to operate a Mothers Day Lunch Cruise from Luzern at 1130 on Sunday 9th May,  but this had to be cancelled due to the further extension of the Coronavirus precautions
24th April 2021
Lake Konstanz
PS Hohentwiel was planned to operate an Afternoon cruise from Konstanz to Meersburg at 1415 on Saturday 24th April,  but this had to be cancelled due to the further extension of the Coronavirus precautions
17th April 2021
Lake Konstanz
PS Hohentwiel was to take part in a two-ship Afternoon Cruise at 1330 from Rorschach on Saturday 17th April going out on the paddle steamer and returning on mv Oesterreich
Lake Luzern
A paddle steamer was advertised to operate an evening Candlelight Dinner Cruise from Luzern at 2000 on Saturday 17th April,  but this had to be cancelled due to the further extension of the Coronavirus precautions
6th April 2021
Lake Geneva
 PS La Suisse was planned to operate the Lausanne to Evian-les-Bains ferry service vice the regular mv Léman on weekdays only from Easter Tuesday 6th April to Friday 16th April 
 With two new large cross-lake ferries under construction,  the days of needing to call on the services of a paddle steamer during maintenance periods could well be numbered 
CANCELLED due to the postponement of the overhaul of mv Léman
5th April 2021
Lake Geneva
MPV Vevey was originally planned to operated an additional timetabled winter lunch cruise from Geneva to Nyon on Easter Monday 2nd April,  but this had to be cancelled due to the further extension of the Coronavirus precautions and was replaced by four additional short cruises
4th April 2021
All lakes
Easter Sunday 4th April
Lake Luzern
A paddle steamer was advertised to operate an Easter Lunch Cruise from Luzern at 1130 on Easter Sunday 4th April,  but this had to be cancelled due to the further extension of the Coronavirus precautions
2nd April 2021
All lakes
Good Friday 2nd April
Lake Geneva
MPV Vevey was originally planned to operated an additional timetabled winter lunch cruise from Geneva to Nyon on Good Friday 2nd Aprilbut this had to be cancelled due to the further extension of the Coronavirus precautions so was replaced by four additional short cruises
Lake Zurich
PS Stadt Rapperswil operated the new 1420 sailings 111-112 from Zurich to Rapperswil and return on Good Friday 2nd April
21st March 2021
Lake Geneva
Thanks to a good weather,  MPV Vevey operated four special "One Hour" short non-catering cruises from Geneva on Sunday 21st March instead of the timetabled lunch cruise to Nyon as a start to leisure sailings following the strict Coronavirus precaution over the winter
These same arrangements are also to apply on 28th March - again weather permitting
1st January 2021
All lakes
New Year's Day - Friday 1st January
Lake Geneva
MPV Vevey was planned to operate an additional New Year's Day Lunch Cruise from Geneva on Friday 1st January,  but this had to be cancelled due to the further Coronavirus precautions
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
31st December 2020
All lakes
New Year's Eve - Thursday 31st December
Lake Geneva
MPV Vevey was planned to operate an evening Gala Dinner Cruise from Geneva at 2000 on Thursday 31st December,  but this had to be cancelled due to the further Coronavirus precautions
Lake Luzern
PS Uri was originally ADVERTISED to operate an evening Gala Dinner Cruise from Luzern at 1930 on Thursday 31st December,  but this was subsequently CANCELLED by the SGV as a post-Copronavirus economy measure
25th December 2020
All lakes
Christmas Day - Friday 25th December
Lake Geneva
MPV Vevey was planned to operate an additional Christmas Day Lunch Cruise from Geneva on Friday 25th December,  but this had to be cancelled due to the further Coronavirus precautions
Lake Luzern
PS Uri was originally advertised to operate a Christmas Lunch Cruise from Luzern at 1130 on Christmas Day - Friday 25th December,  but this (along with all the other cruises for the Christmas period) was cancelled by the SGV who kept her in dock as an economy measure
Lake Thun
PS Blümlisalp was planned to operate timetabled sailings 15-16 from Thun at 1240 on Christmas Day - Friday 25th December then daily until Sunday 3rd Januarybut these all had to be cancelled due to the further Coronavirus precautions
11th October 2020
Lake Maggiore
PS Piemonte operated 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 operated 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 was 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 Ninfea on the all stops sailing 290 before it was confirmed mv Gigalo was on the way to cover the paddle steamer's  sailing 290 to Bellano
Then the former ex-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 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 was planned to operate an evening ' dinner and theatre cruise' from Rorschach on Thursday 30th Julybut owing to the Festival being cancelled due to the Coronavirus precations,  the sailing did not operate in the end
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,  both were unusually rostered to operate normal timetabled services
PS Stadt Zürich covered the regular afternoon sailings 111-112 whilst sister PS Stadt Rapperswil covered the the 1115 and 1715 sailings 105-106-117-118 to Rapperswil instead of the usual motor vessel (which included the evening Sunset Cruise) 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)
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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

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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

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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 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
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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
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special sailing
charter sailing
breakdown
coronavirus
precautions
replaced by a motor vessel
"italics" - sailing(s) CANCELLED
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