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17th December 2009
Lake Geneva
MPV Vevey operated the first of two Advent Evening Fondue Cruises from Lausanne and Morges on Thursday 17th December
5th December 2009
Lake Luzern
PS Uri operated the first of three Advent Evening Cruises from Luzern at 1912 on Saturday 5th December
4th December 2009
Lake Luzern
PS Uri operated an evening Fondue Cruise from Luzern at 1912 on Friday 4th December
29th October 2009
Lake Geneva
Renovation of MPV Italie
Folowing the very successful Evening Dinner Fundraising Cruises for the restoration of the laid-up MPV Italie from Geneva on Thursday 30th October 2008, a similar cruise operated on Thursday 29th October 2009 but starting from Lausanne at 1930
26th September 2009
Lake Thun
PS Blümlisalp operated the second of two Saturday evening Fondue Cruises from Thun at 1850 on Saturday 26th September
19th September 2009
Lake Thun
PS Blümlisalp operated the first of two Saturday evening Fondue Cruises from Thun at 1850 on Saturday 19th September
12th/13th September 2009
Lake Geneva
Journées européennes du patrimoine
To celebrate the above PS La Suisse operated timetabled sailings 101-102 from Lausanne to Geneve and return on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th September instead of the usual motor vessel
8th September 2009
Lake Zurich
PS Stadt Rapperswil broke down due to overheating approaching Schmerikon on Tuesday 8th September on her outward sailing 103 and she had to be assisted to the pier where she remained until she "cooled down"
Passengers had to return by train and the paddle steamer later made her own way slowely back to Wollishofen dock
5th September 2009
Lake Garda
MPV Italia operated a Regatta Cruise from Gargnano at 0830 on Saturday 5th September
29th August 2009
Lake Zurich
PS Stadt Zürich operated an evening "Crime" Cruise from Zurich at 1900 on Saturday 29th August
25th August 2009
Lake Konstanz
PS Hohentwiel operated two Cruises to Meersburg from Konstanz at 1150 and 1415 on Tuesday 25th August
23rd August 2009
Lake Como
The 105 year old ex-PS mv Milano broke down in the middle lake off-Cremia due to damage to her oil pump on sailing 23 - "cat Tivano" initially went to the aid of "Milano" (delaying her sailing by about 30 minutes) until mv Fra Cristoforo was diverted from Menaggio to tow the broken down ship to Dervio dock for repairs before sailing light to Como to operate the delayed sailings 49-32
Meanwhile "cat Tivano" then took the passengers to Bellano to join PS Concordia on sailing 15 to continue their journey to Como - to compensate, the paddle steamer also made the missing stops from sailing 23 delaying her by about 20 miutes
22nd August 2009
Lake Zurich
PS Stadt Zürich operated an evening Dinner Cruise from Zurich at 2000 on Saturday 22nd August
15th August 2009
Lake Zurich
PS Stadt Zürich operated an evening Jazz Cruise from Zurich at 2000 on Saturday 15th August
14th August 2009
Lake Thun
PS Blümlisalp operated an evening Jazz Cruise from Thun at 1930 on Friday 14th August
8th August 2009
Lake Geneva
PS Savoie operated an evening Fireworks cruise from Geneva at1855 on Saturday 8th August
1st August 2009
All lakes
Swiss National Day - Saturday 1st August
Lake Geneva
PS La Suisse operated an evening Fireworks Cruise from Lausanne depart 2030 on Saturday 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 2000 to Brunnen for the annual fireworks display
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 2030 along with most of the motor vessels
Lake Zurich
In additional to the normal Sunday timetabled sailings  the 100 year old PS Stadt Zürich operated an Evening Dinner Cruise from Zurich at 2015
31st July 2009
Lake Geneva
MPV Vevey operated an evening Fireworks Cruise from Le Bouveret at 1925 on Friday 31st July
28th July 2009
Lake Konstanz
PS Hohentwiel operated an evening Jazz Cruise from Rorschach on Tuesday 28th July
27th July 2009
Lake Geneva
PS La Suisse broke down on arrival at Lausanne at 1520 on Monday 27th July and in consequence her teatime sailings 922-941 were covered by the much smaller mv Lavaux
26th July 2009
Lake Como
The new mv Orione rammed Como harbour wall at full speed when her computer went out of control and sustained serious damage to her bow causing her to be taken out of service for the remainder of the season
PS Concordia (which ironically was in dock with a technical problem of her own when she should have been operating a private charter) "stepped-up" rosters on Sundays and operated the 1030 and 1430 sailings from Como each week commencing Sunday 2nd August until Sunday 4th October
21st July 2009
Lake Luzern
PS Uri operated an evening Music Cruise from Flüelen at 1930 on Tuesday 21st July
19th July 2009
Lake Konstanz
PS Hohentwiel operated two Cruises to Meersburg from Konstanz at 1150 and 1415 followed by an evening Jazz Cruise from Romanshorn on Sunday 19th July
17th July 2009
Lake Konstanz
PS Hohentwiel operated an evening Dinner Cruise from Konstanz on Friday 17th July
Lake Thun
PS Blümlisalp operated an evening Jazz Cruise from Thun at 1930 on Friday 17th July
Lake Zurich
PS Stadt Zürich operated an evening Dinner Cruise from Zurich at 1900 on Friday 17th July
14th July 2009
Lake Geneva
PS Rhône operated an evening Fireworks cruise from Lausanne at 2030 on Tuesday 14th July
11th July 2009
Lake Geneva
PS Savoie had problems at the start of the day at Geneva and in consequence her lunchtime sailings 324-325 were cancelled
9th July 2009
Lake Geneva
PS Montreux operated the 1415 "anti-clockwise" Upper Lake sailings 204-205 from Lausanne on Thursday 9th July
PS Simplon was taken out of service at approx 1400 on arrival at Lausanne and the remainder of her roster that day was covered by the much smaller mv Chablais
Following quick repairs to the problem - caused by greasing of one of her cylinders - she returned to service at 1535 on the following day
8th July 2009
Lake Zurich
PS Stadt Rapperswil broke down at Küsnacht on Wednesday 8th July on her outward afternoon sailing 119 where she remained until mv Limmat arrived to tow her back to Wollishofen dock for repairs
She was observed back in service on the following Friday
4th July 2009
Lake Brienz
PS Lötschberg operated an evening Jazz Cruise from Interlaken at 1930 on Saturday 4th July
27th June 2009
Lake Como
PS Concordia along with some motor vessels operated an evening Fireworks Cruise from Como at 2000 on Saturday 27th June
Lake Luzern
PS Schiller and PS Stadt Luzern operated evening Fireworks Cruises from Luzern at 2000 on Saturday 27th June
21st June 2009
Lake Brienz
PS Lötschberg was unable to sail on Sunday 21st June due to an engine defect and her sailings were covered by the smaller mv Jungfrau
A tube in the water feeding system broke the previous night

Lake Konstanz
PS Hohentwiel operated two International Cruises between Rorschach and Lindau at 1155 and 1450 on Sunday 21st June
12th June 2009
Lake Zurich
Centenary of PS Stadt Zürich
PS Stadt Zürich operated a Centenary evening Dinner Cruise from Zurich at 1800 for VIPs on Friday 12th June
PS Stadt Rapperswil duplicated the cruise for the general public
31st May 2009
Lake Konstanz
PS Hohentwiel operated two Cruises to Meersburg from Konstanz at 1150 and 1415 on Whit Sunday 31st May
30th May 2009
Lake Konstanz
PS Hohentwiel operated an evening Jazz Cruise from Konstanz at 1900 on Whit Saturday 30th May
24th May 2009
River Elbe
For the first time in over two decades PS Leipzig - one of the nine historic Dresden paddle steamers - operated a special international sailing from Königstein to Ústí nad Labem (in the heart of North Bohemia) and return on Sunday 24th May
23rd May 2009
Lake Konstanz
PS Hohentwiel operated an International Cruise from Romanshorn at 1315 on Saturday 23rd May
9th/10th May 2009
Lake Garda
To mark her 100th birthday MPV Italia was open to the public on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th May at Desenzano where an historical exhibition was on display
26th April 2009
All lakes
Swiss Navigation Day - Sunday 26th April
Lake Zurich
To celebrate the start of her centenary year PS Stadt Zürich operated a special 90 minute Morning Cruise from Zurich at 1130 on Sunday 26th April departing "in parallel" with her sister on the 1130 sailing to Rapperswil before operating sailings 111-112
In addition PS Stadt Rapperswil operated the new late afternoon sailings 119-120 to Rapperswil and return departing Zurich at 1630
24th April 2009
Lake Geneva
PS Savoie was planned to sail light to Geneva on Friday 24th April in order to take over the Geneva based local sailings from MPV Vevey commencing Swiss Navigation Day Sunday 26th April
Owing to a newly manufactered part for the steam-engine proving to be faulty the paddle steamer remained at Ouchy dock
She eventually entered service on Friday 22nd May after a replacement part has been made and fitted
5th April 2009
Lake Zurich
Owing to the limited availability of operational motor vessels PS Stadt Rapperswil was pressed into service on Sunday 5th April - the first day of thr Summer timetable and operated two round trips to Rapperswil
15th March 2009
Lake Geneva
Following an extended winter overhaul MPV Vevey was the first paddler to re-enter service on any of the Swiss or Italian lakes for the 2009 season commencing Sunday 15th March
5th February 2009
Lake Neuchâtel
The static PS Neuchâtel was open to the public from 1000 on Thursday 5th February and the first Thursday of each subsequent month throughout 2009
15th January 2009
Lake Geneva
MPV Vevey operated all of the regular Thusday and Friday evening Fondue Cruises from Lausanne at 1930 commencing between Thursday 15th January and Friday 30th January
5th January 2009
Lake Geneva
MPV Vevey operated the winter 1230, 1400 and 1530 Evian-les-Bains Ferry Sailings from Lausanne on Mondays to Fridays from Monday 5th January until Friday 30th January
3rd January 2009
Lake Luzern
PS Uri operated an evening Evening Cruise from Luzern at 1921 on Saturday 3rd January
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