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Headline News   ..............  LAKE GENEVA    "PS Rhône "  and  "MPV Italie "  are planned to operate winter Sunday Lunch Cruises from Lausanne and Geneva respectively tomorrow (Sunday) ....................... LAKE GENEVA    "PS Rhône "  and  "MPV Italie "  are planned to operate winter Friday evening Fondue Cruises from Lausanne/Morges and Geneva respectively next Friday (10th February) ....................... LAKE GENEVA    "PS Rhône "  and  "MPV Italie "  are planned to operate winter Sunday Lunch Cruises from Lausanne and Geneva respectively on Sunday (12th February) ....................... LAKE GENEVA  "MPV Italie "  is planned to operate a winter Friday evening Fondue Cruise from Geneva on Friday (17th February) ....................... LAKE GENEVA    "MPV Italie "  and  "MPV Vevey "  are planned to operate winter Sunday Lunch Cruises from Geneva and the Upper Lake piers respectively on Sunday (19th February) ....................... LAKE LUZERN    "PS Uri"  is planned to operate her first evening Candlelight Dinner Cruise of 2023 from Luzern on Saturday (15th April) ....................... LAKE KONSTANZ    "PS Hohentwiel "  is planned to operate an evening Jazz Cruise from Konstanz on Thursday (18th May) ....................... LAKE KONSTANZ    "PS Hohentwiel "  is planned to operate Morning and Afternoon Cruises from Arbon on Sunday (21st May) ....................... LAKE KONSTANZ    "PS Hohentwiel "  is planned to operate an Evening Dinner and Theatre Cruise from Rorschach to Bregenz on Wednesday (9th August) ....................... LAKE KONSTANZ    "PS Hohentwiel "  is planned to operate an Evening Dinner and Theatre Cruise from Rorschach to Bregenz on Wednesday (9th August) ....................... see below, next page, also fleet, news and individual timetable pages for further details

Sunday - 29th January 2023

MPV Italie  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                picture:   Nyon webcam


Following her breakdown after completing her booked sailings on Christmas Day
the motor paddle vessel returned to service on Sunday 29th January and operated
the delayed first public sailing from Geneva of 2023

She is seen arriving at Nyon at the end of her first
sailing 330 from Geneva


Sunday - 22nd January 2023

PS Rhône  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                photo:   Alain Vuistiner


After missing the previous week due to gales,  the paddle steamer was back
in action and is seen approaching the end of the lake at Villeneuve
on her outward lunchtime sailing 930 from Lausanne


Sunday - 15th January 2023

A "wet and windy Winter Sunday"  (Lake Geneva)

What's missing ? --- sorry no prize for guessing



Take you pick - no paddle steamer or no mountains peaks

The weekly lunchtime sailings 930-931 advertised for PS Rhône were cancelled
It is understood a motor vessel covered her first two ferry round trips
from Lausanne to Evian-les-Bains

Can you confirm and if so,  say which one ?


Friday - 13th January 2023

PS Rhône  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                photo:   Alain Vuistiner


The paddle steamer stands at Lausanne pier between her weekly winter
'Sundays only' sailings to Evian-les-Bains and Villeneuve


Sunday 8th January 2023

PS Rhône  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                  picture:   Vevey webcam


The only paddle steamer currently in service on any Swiss or Italian lake
arrives at Vevey Marché pier on return sailing 931 from Villeneuve
back to Lausanne on a very wet and windy winter Sunday afternoon


Monday 2nd January 2023

PS Blümlisalp  (Lake Thun)


                                                                                                                  picture:   Oberhofen webcam


The paddle steamer approaches Oberhofen for the final time during her
special "Nine Days of Christmas" mid-winter outings
on her return sailing 16 from Interlaken back to Thun


New Year's Day - Sunday 1st January 2023

PS Rhône  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                  picture:   Vevey webcam


The paddle steamer approaches Vevey on return sailing 931 from Villeneuve
back to Lausanne on her first visit of 2023 to the Upper Lake


New Year's Eve - Saturday 31st December 2022

PS Blümlisalp  (Lake Thun)


                                                                                                                  photo:   Ernst Mischler


The paddle steamer approaches Oberhofen for the final time in 2022 on her
return sailing 16 from Interlaken back to Thun


Wednesday 28th December 2022

PS Blümlisalp  (Lake Thun)


                                                                                                                  photo:   Alain Vuistiner


The paddle steamer approaches Interlaken with her mast lowered at the end of her
outward sailing 15 from Thun having passed under the bridge on the aproach


Christmas Day - Sunday 25th December 2022

MPV Italie  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                picture:   Nyon webcam


The paddle steamer calls at Nyon pier on her return Christmas Day sailing 331
back to Geneva

After completing her day's sailing a technical fault was discovered which
subsequently resulted in all her sailings up to Sunday 8th January 2023
(INCLUSIVE) at least being CANCELLED

(alternative weekend sailings are available from Lausanne)


Christmas Day - Sunday 25th December 2022

PS Rhône  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                picture:   Montreux webcam


The paddle steamer calls at Montreux pier on her return Christmas Day sailing 931
from Villeneuve back to Lausanne


Christmas Day - Sunday 25th December 2022

PS Blümlisalp  (Lake Thun)


                                                                                                                picture:   Oberhofen webcam


The paddle steamer returned to service on Christmas Day
and is seen with her lights on at Oberhofen whilst operating her
return sailing 16 from Interlaken back to Thun as the light fades


Sunday - 18th December 2022

PS Rhône  (Lake Geneva)



                                                                                                                photos:   Nicolas Lars Carrel



                                                                                                                photo:   Alain Vuistiner


The paddle steamer stands at Lausanne pier prior to her first ferry sailing 1107
to Evian,  then calling at the French port before leaving the harbour on her way
back to Switzerland on sailing 1108

She is later seen arriving at Villeneuve at the end of sailing 930


Sunday - 18th December 2022

PS Uri  (Lake Luzern)


                                                                                                                picture:   Luzern webcam


The paddle steamer returns to Luzern at the end of her final brunch cruise of 2022

Sunday - 11th December 2022

PS Concordia  (Lake Como)


                                                                                                                photo:   Jacopo Memeo


Some passengers alight off the paddle steamer at Bellagio
on her outward winter special sailing from Como to Lecco

Sunday - 11th December 2022

PS Rhône  (Lake Geneva)



                                                                                                                photo: Jean Vernet


The paddle steamer returns to Lausanne from Evian-les-Bains at the end of her
first international ferry sailing 1108 of the day

On arrival she was taken out of service due to a technical problem
which was quickly repaired enabling her to later operate her booked
lunchtime sailing 930 to Villeneuve

Sunday - 4th December 2022

PS Concordia  (Lake Como)



                                                                                                                      photos:   Andreas Hofer



It appears the paddle steamer broke down on her special outward sailing
(probably near Cernobbio) on Sunday 4th December
where it is understood her passengers ultimately had to alight
before she returned "light" to dock for repairs

Were YOU there ?
Do YOU know what actually happened ?
Someone must have sailed on her !


If so,  please email me and I will post the information for the
benefit of the other visitors to this website

Sunday - 4th December 2022

PS Rhône  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                photo:   Robert Horlacher


The paddle steamer approaches Montreux on her retuen afternoon sailing 931
from Villenuve to Lausanne on a freeezing cold winter Sunday

Sunday - 27th November 2022

PS Uri  (Lake Luzern)



                                                                                                                pictures:   Luzern webcam

The paddle steamer operated her first Advent Brunch Cruise
from Luzern on Sunday 27th November


2022 was a change,  as during previous year a later "lunch" cruise was operated instead

Friday - 11th November 2022

PS Rhône  (Lake Geneva)

FURTHER MID-WINTER INTERNATIONAL "STEAM"
OPERATED 'CROSS-LAKE' FERRY SAILINGS
BETWEEN SWITZERLAND AND FRANCE




                                                                                                                photos:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer continued in service and covered two afternoon
ferry sailings 1217 and 1223 from Lausanne to Thonon-les-Bains

She is seen initially standing at Lausanne before her first crossing
of the day
then on arrival at Thonon-les-Bains
finally on board returning to Switzerland on sailing 1218

Thursday - 10th November 2022

PS Rhône  (Lake Geneva)

MID-WINTER INTERNATIONAL "STEAM"
OPERATED 'CROSS-LAKE' FERRY SAILINGS
BETWEEN SWITZERLAND AND FRANCE




                                                                                                                photos:   Alain Vuistiner

The paddle steamer was pressed into service at short notice to cover the
afternoon ferry sailings 1213-1214 from Lausanne to Thonon-les-Bains
followed by two "relief" sailings from Lausanne to Evian-les-Bains


Monday - 7th November 2022

PS Stadt Rapperswil  (Lake Zurich)


                                                                                                                      pictures:   Zurich webcam


Following missing the 2022 season whilst she had a major rebuild...........
the paddle steamer sailed to Zurich along with sister PS Stadt Zurich
and several motor vessels to take part in the annual static floating
"wine 'Expovina' exhibition" - seen both in the daytime and at night

Monday - 7th November 2022

MPV Helvétie  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                photo:   Robert Monch


In order to free up spare capacity at Ouchy Harbour the motor paddle vessel
was towed to Geneva by mv Léman

She will spend the winter
(at least) moored at Jardin Anglais pier
- hopefully helping to fuel enthusiam for her eventual 'return to service'

Sunday - 6th November 2022

PS Rhône  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                photo: Jean Vernet


The paddle steamer sails stern first out of from Ouchy harbour to Lausanne pier
prior to operating the first ferry run if the day to Evian-les-Bains in France

Friday - 3rd November 2022

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                photo:   Robert Monch


The motor paddle vessel stands at Geneva Mont Blanc pier prior to operating her
weekly evening Fondue Cruise sailing 390 to Coppet


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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)
or there is a breakdown, etc
Lake
Event  (if known)
Paddle steamer sailings expected to be replaced by a motor vessel or occasionally cancelled
  Sundays 1st to 22nd January 2023  (except Sunday 15th January)
Lake Geneva
MPV Italie
breakdown
sailings cancelled
1230 Geneva to Nyon
1350 Nyon to Geneva
1530 Geneva to Bellevue
1555 Bellevue to Geneva
1630 Geneva to Bellevue
1655 Bellevue to Geneva
  Monday 2nd January 2023
Lake Geneva
MPV Italie
breakdown
sailings cancelled
1230 Geneva to Nyon
1350 Nyon to Geneva
1530 Geneva to Bellevue
1555 Bellevue to Geneva
1630 Geneva to Bellevue
1655 Bellevue to Geneva
  Sunday 15th January 2023
Lake Geneva
MPV Italie
breakdown
0925 Lausanne to Evian-les-Bains
1005 Evian-les-Bains to Lausanne
1100 Lausanne to Evian-les-Bains
1145 Evian-les-Bains to Lausanne
sailings cancelled
1330 Lausanne to Villeneuve
1408 Villeneuve to Lausanne
1230 Geneva to Nyon
1350 Nyon to Geneva
1530 Geneva to Bellevue
1555 Bellevue to Geneva
1630 Geneva to Bellevue
1655 Bellevue to Geneva
Gales
PS Rhône
did not sail

Key - basic reason for changes
day to day operating
special sailing
charter sailing
occasionally
'open-to-the-public'
breakdown
re-build or test
weather and
coronavirus
precautions
replaced by a motor vessel
"italics" - sailing(s) CANCELLED

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