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2017
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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
Fortunately only four paddle steamers were advertised in service at that time of the year, so her sister PS Gallia coverrd 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 1900 on 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
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
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 advertised morning timetabled sailings 7-18 having to be replaced by 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 Good 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 "confirmed" all the repair work following her breakdown on Sunday 8th May 2016 had been successfully completed
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
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