The “Rhône” came into dry dock to start its renovation in May 2019. In fact, the boat had no important renovations, with the exception of an overhaul of its steam engine in the winter of 2002-2003, for almost 50 Years (1968).
From June to September 2019, the deconstruction of all the non-reusable features began. All the heritage features such as the steam engine, the paddle wheels, and the entire Belle Epoque saloon (furniture, chairs, marquetry, carpets) were all retained as well as 80% of the shell. The shell was sanded down and the worn out sheet metal was replaced.
Special programme :
- Sunday 20 February 2022, the “Rhône” will complete 5 discovery cruises of 50 minutes departing from Lausanne-Ouchy.
- Monday 21 February 2022, the “Rhône” will complete a cruise between Lausanne-Ouchy and Genève Mont-Blanc via Morges, St-Prex, Rolle, Nyon, Céligny and Versoix.
- Saturday 26 February 2022, the “Rhône” will complete 5 discovery cruises of 50 minutes departing from Genève Mont-Blanc.
- Sunday 27 February 2022 the “Rhône” will perform a complete crossing of the lake between Genève Mont-Blanc and Le Bouveret via Corsier, Yvoire, Thonon, Évian and St-Gingolph.