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Headline News   ..............  LAKE GENEVA    "PS Rhône "  and  "MPV Vevey "  are planned to operate the weekly winter Sunday Lunch Cruises from Geneva and the Upper Lake piers respectively today (Sunday) ....................... LAKE GENEVA    "PS Rhône "  is planned to operate the winter Friday evening Fondue cruise from Geneva to Coppet this Friday (1st March) ....................... LAKE GENEVA    "PS Rhône "  and  "MPV Vevey "  are planned to operate the weekly winter Sunday Lunch Cruises from Geneva and the Upper Lake piers respectively on Sunday (3rd March) ....................... LAKE GENEVA    "MPV Italie "  and  "MPV Vevey "  are planned to operate winter Friday evening Fondue Cruises from Geneva and Lausanne respectively on Friday (8th March) ....................... LAKE GENEVA    "MPV Italie "  and  "MPV Vevey "  are planned to operate the weekly winter Sunday Lunch Cruises from Geneva and the Upper Lake piers respectively on Sunday (10th March) ....................... LAKE KONSTANZ    "PS Hohentwiel "  is planned to operate an evening jazz cruise from Romanshorn on Thursday (16th May) ....................... LAKE KONSTANZ    "PS Hohentwiel "  is planned to operate an evening Dinner and Theatre Cruise from Rorschach to Bregenz on Saturday (4th August) ....................... see below, next page, also fleet, news and individual timetable pages for further details

Peak Summer Weekdays and Sundays 2024

five paddle steamers  (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                                                    photo:   Robert Horlacher


Click here for outline details of the revised changes to the sailings now
expected to be operated by the five paddle steamers during summer 2024

Sunday 18th February 2024

PS Rhône  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                    photo:   Paul Scheuchzer


The paddle steamer stands at Geneva prior to operating her weekly winter
Lunch Cruise sailing 330 to Nyon

There are now just two more 'steam powered' winter Sundays before the
paddle sreamer returns to Ouchy dock for her winter overhaul..........
..........commencing Friday 8th March all the remaining winter weekend sailings
will be covered by the motor paddle vessel" "Italie"

Friday - 11th February 2024

PS Rhône  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                    photo:  Robert Monch

The paddle steamer passes the fountain at Geneva harbour at the start
of her weekly Lunch Cruise sailing 330 to Nyon

Tuesday - 6th February 2024

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                    photo   André Hofer


The motor paddle vessel arrives Evian-les-Bains harbour from Lausanne
at the end of her afternoon ferry sailing 1113

Friday - 2nd February 2024

PS Rhône  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                    photo:  Robert Monch

The paddle steamer returns to Geneva
at the end of her first short afternoon sailing 738 in the Petit-Lac
 (Little Lake)

Friday - 2nd February 2024

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                photo: Jean Vernet


The paddle steamer sets off from Lausanne to Evian-les-Baind on ferry sailing 1115

Wednesday - 31st January 2024

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                    photo   Alain Vuistiner


The motor paddle vessel set off across the lake from Lausanne for Evian-les-Bains
whilst operating a relief to sailing 1117 at the start of the evening peak

Sunday - 28th January 2024

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                photo: Jean Vernet


The paddle steamer approaches Montreux on her outward sailing 534 of her weekly
Lunch Cruise round the "Upper Lake"

Sunday 14th January 2024

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                    picture:  Montreux webcam


The motor paddle vessel calls at Montreux on her first "Lunch Cruise"
sailing 534 of 2024 "Round The Upper Lake"

This was her first public sailing since the damage to her port paddle wheel
on Friday 23rd June 2023

Wednesday - 10th January 2024

MPV Helvétie  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                    photo:  Robert Monch

The last CGN 'laid-up' former steam paddle steamer
(subsequently converted to motor propulsion) stands 'snow covered' at Geneva

Are the cranes in the background a good 'omen' that work will really start
soon on her long awaited re-build ?

Sunday - 7th January 2024

PS Rhône  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                    photo:  Robert Monch

Following the Sunday Lunch Cruise the paddle steamer operates
two short afternoon cruises from Geneva to Bellevue and she is seen
operating the second sailing 740 in the "Petit-Lac"
("Little Lake")

Wednesday - 3rd Ianuary 2024

PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                photo: Jean Vernet


The sun catches the large paddle steamer as she waits patiently at Ouvhy dock
for the start of her 2024 season


Sunday 7th January 2024

MPV Italie  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                      picture:  Vevey webcam


The motor paddle vessel departs Vevey whilst operating the last "Lunch Cruise"
sailing 534 clockwise 'Round the Upper Lake' of her extended 2023 season

After a short visit to Ouchy dock for her annual overhaul,  she is planned to
transfer to Geneva and take over the winter Friday and Sunday cruises from PS Rhône

Wednesday - 3rd January 2024

PS Rhône  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                    photo:  Robert Monch

After a busy New Year's Weekend,  the paddle steamer rests through the week
at Geneva Mont Blanc pier prior to further winter sailings the following Sunday

New Year's Day - Monday 1st January 2024

PS Rhône  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                    photo:  Ernst Mischler


The paddle steamer arrives at Bellevue for the first time in 2024
after operating her first short additional New Year's Day
sailing 738 from Geneva

New Year's Day - Monday 1st January 2024

PS Rhône  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                    picture:  Nyon webcam


The paddle steamer arrives at Nyon for the first time in 2024
after operating an additional New Year's Day
"Lunch Cruise" sailing 330 from Geneva

New Year's Eve - Sunday 31st December 2023

MPV Italie  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                      pictures:  Vevey and Montreux webcams


The motor paddle vessel calls at Vevey Mrché pier prior to operating her final
"Lunch Cruise" sailing 534 of 2023 clockwise 'Round the Upper Lake'
She is later seen crossing the bay from Clarens to Montreux

Sunday - 24th December 2023

PS Rhône  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                  photo:  Ernst Mischler


The paddle steamer approaches Versiox on her outward sailing 330 during
her weekly "Lunch Cruise" from Geneva to Nyon on a sunny Christmas Eve

The snow covered Mont Blanc can be seen towering above her stern flag


Thursday - 19th October 2023

PS Blümlisalp  (Lake Thun)


                                                                                                                  photo:  Ernst Mischler


The paddle steamer approaches Beatenburg on her return sailing 16
during the last week of her 2023 season

Unlike most of the recent Christmas/New Year periods..........
..........she will NOT be returning to service over the Festive holiday

as she has a lot of work to be completed prior to 2024


Sunday - 15th October 2023

A look back to the last day of the season

PS Savoie and PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)



                                                                                                                    photos:  Robert Monch

The two Geneva based paddle steamer call at Coppet for the final time
during 2023 before heading home to end their season whilst operating
sailings 309 and 105 from Hermance and Lausanne respectively

Saturday - 16th December 2023

PS Uri  (Lake Como)


                                                                                                                      picture:   Luzern webcam


The paddle steamer stands at Luzern in wet weather waiting to operte
her final "special sailing" of 2023


In previous years she used to continue over the Christmas/New Year periods

Sunday - 3rd December 2023

PS Concordia  (Lake Como)


                                                                                                                      photo:   Beat Zumstein


The paddle steamer returns to Como to complete her 2023 season having
just operated additional sailings to Menaggio then Maltrasio
thanks to a special connecting historical train from Milan

Sunday - 3rd December 2023

MPV Italie  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                    picture   Vevey webcam


The motor paddle vessel sets off from Vevey on her first Lunch Cruise
"Round the Upper Lake" sailing 534 after transferring Sunday rosters
from her previous Lausanne based one to her traditional Le Bouveret one

Wednesday - 29th November 2023

MPV Italie  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                    photo   Alain Vuistiner


The motor paddle vessel calls at Thonon-les-Bains between sailing 1213 and
sailing 1214 on her final week covering the Internation ferry service from Lausanne

Tuesday - 22nd November 2023

PS Neuchâtel (Lake Neuchâtel)



                                                                                                      photos:   Olivier Bachmann

It is hard to believe a whole decade has past since the paddle steamer returned to service
following a marathon effort by a dedicated group of enthusiats

In cosequence it has become is necessary for her to undertake "a ten year underwater survey" and she is seen entering the LNM's Nid-du-Cro shipyard drydock for that

Tuesday - 21st November 2023

MPV Italie  (Lake Geneva)



                                                                                                                    photos   Alain Vuistiner


The motor paddle vessel has been decorated ready for the 2023 Festive Period

Friday - 10th November 2023

PS Rhône  (Lake Geneva)



                                                                                                                    photos:  Robert Monch

The paddle steamer returns to Geneva at the end of her short afternoon cruise
prior to preparing to load for her weekly Friday evening Fondue Cruise

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    BEWARE.......... !

Despite some sailings being officially advertised/planned to be operated by paddle steamers throughout the year,  there are inevitably occasions when it has
already been planned they will be replaced by a motor vessel on specific dates
(eg for private charters or special events or
breakdowns)
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Lake Neuchâtel
PS Neuchâtel
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all paddle steamer sailings

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charter sailing
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