New Year’s Eve Boat Cruise on Lake Geneva

Greet New Year 2024 on a Lac Léman cruise from Lausanne on the eve of 31 December 2023 — boats sail from Geneva and Montreux for lunch only.

Greet New Year 2024 on a Lac Léman cruise from Lausanne on the eve of 31 December 2023 -- boats sail from Geneva and Montreux for lunch only.

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Revelers can welcome the New Year in style by cruising on CGN Lake Geneva passenger boats with special Sylvester dinners, champagne, and music. In 2023, special New Year’s Eve cruises depart on Lac Léman only from Lausanne — boats from Geneva, Vevey-Marché, Montreux, Le Bouveret, and other cities cruise for lunch only. The Sylvester cruise includes gourmet dinners, music, and champagne at midnight, while lunch is not always compulsory on daytime cruises. Advance reservations are essential.

New Year’s Eve Dinner and Party Cruises on Lake Geneva in 2023

In 2023, CGN offers only one special New Year’s Eve cruise on Lac Léman in Switzerland to welcome the New Year with gourmet dinners, champagne, and dancing. This New Year’s Eve party boat will only depart from Lausanne-Ouchy with no further stops.

In 2023, no party boats will depart from Geneva or Haut Lac cities (Vevey, Montreux, and Le Bouveret) but winter lunch cruises will be possible from these cities on December weekends, the Christmas holidays, and New Year’s Day 2024.

No CGN New Year’s boats depart or call in France – revelers from Evian should cross Lake Geneva to Lausanne by passenger ferry (although there won’t be any ferry back until much later in the morning).

Booking a Lausanne Lac Léman Dinner Cruise on New Year’s Eve 2023

The New Year’s Eve cruise on Lake Geneva departs on 31 December 2023 from Lausanne-Ouchy at 20:00 (boarding from 19:00) and returns to Lausanne at 00:30 (disembark by 01:00) on 1 January 2024. The six-course dinner menu is extensive as could be expected from the first-class restaurant on any of the CGN paddle-steamers.

The New Year’s Eve cruise including dinner (but no drinks other than Silvester bubbly) is CHF254 for adults — remarkably only CHF5 more than the Silvester cruises were in 2017! Children 12 to 15 pay CHF219, and children 6 to 11 CHF129. No half-fare discounts are given and the junior cards are not valid on dinner cruises.

Advance reservations are essential through CGN’s website, ticket windows, or infoline (+41 848 811 848).

Other than the midnight dinner cruises on New Year’s Eve, cruising on Lake Geneva is very limited during the winter season but special December cruises are available on Sundays, as well as the Christmas and New Year’s holiday periods. The best bet in the rest of winter is often the ferryboats between Lausanne and Evian or Thonon, or from Nyon to Yvoire – these passenger ferries operate year-round.

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