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Headline News   ..............  LAKE GENEVA  "MPV Vevey "  has temporarily taken over some mid-week Evian-les-Bains and Thonon-les-Bains International Ferry Runs from Lausanne instead of the usual motor vessel - then  "MPV Italie "  takes over until further notice ....................... LAKE GENEVA    "MPV Italie "  and  "MPV Vevey "  are planned to operate winter Friday evening Fondue Cruises from Geneva and Lausanne respectively tomorrow (Friday) ....................... LAKE COMO    "PS Concordia "  is planned to operate the 1200 timetabled sailing from Como to Bellano this Saturday (20th April) ....................... LAKE GENEVA  the level of service during the early part of the Spring Timetable will be REDUCED due to the damage to "PS Simplon "  - click here for the first day of the Spring timetable ....................... 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 Sunday (4th August) ....................... see below, next page, also fleet, news and individual timetable pages for further details

Wednesday - 17th April 2024

PS Savoie and MPV Helvétie   (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                photo: Jean Vernet


The "new look" at Geneva

PS Savoie
(left) raises steam prior to taking over the main Geneva roster
from the weekend - she is joined by MPV Helvétie
(right) who had just
been towed by mv Léman to spend the summer
moored at Geneva Vieux Pâquis pier

Sunday - 14th April 2024

PS Savoie  (Lake Geneva)



                                                                                                                    photos   Alain Vuistiner


The paddle steamer arrives at Lausanne pier prior to her delayed start to her
2024 season - she is about to operate her first sailing 1107 to Evian-les-Bains
prior to taking a 'full-load' to the "Upper Lake" on her lunch cruise to Villeneuve

After that she relocates to Geneva to take-over the 'modified' main roster'
vice her damaged sister - PS Simplon

Saturday/Sundays - 6th and 7th/14th April 2024

PS Concordia  (Lake Como)

With half of the NLC fleet NOT yet available for service
- the paddle steamer was pressed into service last weekend and again this weekwnd

It appears she operated a "modified" version of her usual roster but after saililns 10-13 returns light to Bellagio to provide a relief "Express" journey back to Como about 1830

(any intermediate stops are currently unknown)
instead of a short working to Torno

Were YOU there and if so can you please advise what ever limited first-hand
information you may have to the webmaster to piece together the full story
by filling in any known entries on the attached draft timetable

Should you have any photos for either day as further evidence..........
..........they would be much appreciared !!!!!

Saturday - 13th April 2024

PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                    photo:  Paul Scheuchzer

The damaged paddle steamer stands on display at Ouchy Harbour during
the Works "Open Day"

She is planned to go onto the floating dock shortly in order that the
amount work required can be accrately assessed

Sunday - 7th April 2024

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                    photo:  Paul Scheuchzer

The motor paddle vessel stands at Vevey pier on a sunny spring Sunday
prior to operating the weekly "Lunch Cruise"
sailing 534 clockwise 'Round the Upper Lake'

Sunday - 31st March 2024

PS Concordia  (Lake Como)


                                                                                                                    photo:   Daniel Eichenberger


The paddle steamer returns to Menaggio from her lunch break ready to operate
her rerurn sailing 13 back to Como on her first day of public sailings in 2024

Saturday - 30th March 2024

PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)

 
                                                                                                                photos: Jean Vernet


The following morning,  the damage caused by the gales to the paddle steamer
became clearer and there were reports of two leaks - the water from which
was successfully being pumped out



                                                                                                                photo:  photographer unknown


Fortunately she is a well constructed ship and was able to withstand the storm
but as she was eventually towed away from the pier mid-morning,  the damage
to the starboard side immediately in front of the paddle box
(where she
had inpailed herself onto the concrete part of the pier
)  became apparent

She arrived safely at Ouchy harbour before the next storm and is now moored
adjacent to PS Rhône to await her turn for some further unplanned
much needed "Tender Loving Care"

So the brave old ship has survived "to sail another day" - but that is unlikely
to happen in 2024

Good Friday evening - 29th March 2024

PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                    photo   Alain Vuistiner


As the gale increases,  the paddle steamer damages herself and Cully pier
before her strern is blown dangerously close to the rocks

"Is a catastrophe unfolding in Cully" says the local newspaper
as further reports say she is taking on water resulting in her crew
being ordered to 'abandon ship'

Good Friday - 29th March 2024

PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                photo: Jean Vernet


The paddle steamer stands at Cully pier following her breakdown the previoua day..........
..........awaiting a tow back to Ouchy harbour for repairs
(planned for Tuesday)

Thursday - 28th March 2024

PS Simplon  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                photo:  photographer unknown


The 'distant view' shows the paddle steamer being towed to Cully by
mv Léman after breaking down on her first test run of 2024

She   is   WAS planned to enter public service on Saturday 20th April

Wednesday - 27th March 2024

PS Stadt Rapperswil  (Lake Zurich)


                                                                                                                    photo:   Daniel Eichenberger


The paddle steamer returns to Zurich Wollishofen after a special pre-season cruise
following the "Aktion pro Raddampfer AGM"

Thursday - 21st March 2024

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                    photo   Alain Vuistiner


The motor paddle vessel sets off from Lausanne on her mid-week International
'relief' sailing 1117 for commuters returning to Evian-les-Bains in France

Wednesday - 13th March 2024

PS Savoie  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                photo: Jean Vernet


The paddle steamer sets out from Ouchy Dock on a pre-season 'test sailing'

She is planned to return to service on Good Friday 29th March
initially sailing from Lausanne..........
..........before re-locating to Geneva for the main season

Friday - 8th March 2024

MPV Italie  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                    photo:   Robert Monch


The motor paddle vessel has taken over the winter Geneva based sailungs
for the rest of that timetable period

She is seen leaving Geneva at the start of the afternoon sailing 738

Monday - 4th March 2024

MPV Vevey  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                    photo   Alain Vuistiner


The motor paddle vessel has started a second period covering some
of the mid-week International Ferry Runs from Lausanne

She is seen approaching Thonon-les-Bains on the afternoon sailing 1213

Monday - 4th March 2024

PS Rhône  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                photo: Jean Vernet


Having completed her extended winter season at Geneva the previous day
the paddle steamer returned to Ouchy Dock for her winter overhaul

An immediate start was made by unloading her Zodiac inflatable rafts

Friday - 1st March 2024

PS Savoie and others  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                    photo   Alain Vuistiner


A "sure sign" Spring is getting close..........
A busy scene at Ouchy Harbour as the fleet gets ready to return to service

Of particular interest PS Savoie
(left) raises steam as part of her
pre-season testing programme

She is planned to return to service in the Upper Lake commencing on Good Friday

Sunday - 25th February 2024

PS Rhône  (Lake Geneva)


                                                                                                                    photo:   Daniel Eichenberger



                                                                                                                    photo:   Robert Monch


The paddle steamer returns to Geneva at the end of her first short afiernoon
sailing 739 from Bellevue then setting off on the finsl sailing 740 of the day

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")

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 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


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

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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 (in italics)
  Good Friday and Easter Monday 29th March and 1st Aptil 2024
Lake Geneva
PS Savoie
"unavailable"
0925 Lausanne to Evian-les-Bains
1005 Evian-les-Bains to Lausanne
1100 Lausanne to Evian-les-Bains
1145 Evian-les-Bains to Lausanne
1230 Lausanne to Villeneuve
1408 Villeneuve to Lausanne
  Easter Saturday 30th March 2024
Lake Geneva
PS Savoie
"unavailable"
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 canncelled
1230 Lausanne to Villeneuve
1408 Villeneuve to Lausanne
  Sundays 31st March and 7th April 2024
Lake Geneva
PS Savoie
"unavailable"
0925 Lausanne to Evian-les-Bains
1005 Evian-les-Bains to Lausanne
1100 Lausanne to Evian-les-Bains
1145 Evian-les-Bains to Lausanne
1230 Lausanne to Villeneuve
1408 Villeneuve to Lausanne
  Saturday 20th April 2024
Lake Geneva
PS Simplon
breakdown
sailings cancelled
1045 Geneva to Lausanne
1455 Lausanne to Geneva
1055 Lausanne to Geneva
1445 Geneva to Lausanne
1820 Lausanne to Montreux
1932 Montreux to Lausanne
  Sunday 21st April 2024
Lake Geneva
PS Simplon
breakdown
sailings cancelled
1045 Geneva to Lausanne
1455 Lausanne to Geneva
1055 Lausanne to Geneva
1445 Geneva to Lausanne
1820 Lausanne to Montreux
1932 Montreux to Lausanne
  Saturday 25th May 2024
Lake Brienz
PS Lötschberg
"Friends" AGM charter
1207 Interlaken to Brienz
1340 Brienz to Interlaken
1507 Interlaken to Brienz
1640 Brienz to Interlaken
  PROVISIONAL
  Monday to Sunday 22nd to 28th July 2024 (inclusive)
Lake Neuchâtel
PS Neuchâtel
reason not yet known
all paddle steamer sailings

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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