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Advance information - Summer 2023

Since the end of the 2001 season  (when there were regular extra special afternoon cruises
by MPV Italia as well as MPV G Zanardelli operating timetabled sailings out of Desenzano)
the two motor paddle vessels are rarely advertised to operate public timetabled sailings

Since the major re-built MPV G Zanardelli  (completed a couple of years ago),  she normally
only operates "charter" and the occasional "special" cruises
- details will be included on this website if and when any are advised to me

In consequence MPV Italia has more recently been based at Riva vice her sister during
the peak-summer period and normally operates some timetabled sailings from Riva and
Limone to Malcesine,  but these are NOT advertised as such in the official NLC timetable
BEWARE - these sailings are liable to replacement by an ordinary motor vessel without notice
if there is a private charter or she is required to covere for another ship

always confirm locally first to avoid disappointment !

In 2023 it is expected it will again be possible to make a full-length sailing from the
southern end of the lake by using the early-morning hydrofoil/cataraman to Limone
before later returning on the last southbound hydrofoil/cataraman services
On very rare occasions one or even both motor paddle vessels have sailed the
full length of the lake vice the car ferries,  but not for several years

Please e-mail me if you see either motor paddle vessel in service anywhere so the information
can be posted for the benefit of other visitors to this website

bold dates   - one or more motor paddle vessels planned/expected to be in service
light dates     - no motor paddle vesels planned to be in service
lilac dates   - "expected" sailings by motor paddle vessels awaiting formal confirmation

Mondays to Fridays - 22nd May to 6th October 2023  (0845 Riva-Malcesine)
    Thursday - 6th July 2023  (0845 Riva-Malcesine) then breakdown
     Friday - 7th July 2023  (0845 Riva-Malcesine)    breakdown
    Friday - 14th July 2023  (0845 Riva-Malcesine also special to Isola del Garda)
    Friday - 28th July 2023  (0845 Riva-Malcesine) ( also special to sola del Garda  CANCELLED)
    Friday - 25th August 2023  (0845 Riva-Malcesine also special to Isola del Garda)
Mondays to Fridays - 9th October to 29th December 2023

Saturdays - 20th May to 7th October 2023  (0845 Riva-Malcesine)
    Saturday - 12th August 2023  (0845 Riva-Malcesine also special to Isola del Garda)
    Saturday - 16th September 2023  (0845 Riva-Malcesine also special to Bogliaco for Villa Bettoni)    
Saturdays - 14th October to 30th December 2023

Sundays - 21st May to 8th October 2023  (0845 Riva-Malcesine)
Sundays - 15th October to 31st December 2023

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