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MV Stella Maris II

Built as MV Bremerhaven, then renamed: Stella Maris II, Viking Bordeaux, Viking Bordeaux, Bordeaux and MV Madagascar


MV Madagascar Refit



MV Viking Bordeaux just prior concluding services and being laid up in Holland

Photographer unknown – Please read photo notes at bottom of page


In May 2005 Indian Ocean Cruises (IOC) purchased the Viking Bordeaux, which had been laid up for twelve months in the Netherlands. IOC renamed her Madagascar and sent her to dry-dock for a complete exterior overall, including a refit and upgrading safety systems onboard. 

After completion she departed Durban on her maiden African cruise on October 31, 2005. However, sadly the company failed early 2006 and this fine Ukrainian registered yacht like ship was laid up in Durban and placed on the market, as her Belgium based owners had not paid their port dues in Durban.

*Photographs of her refit were provided by Mr. Boynton ex Managing Director of IOC, which reveals the extensive work undertaken.

As can be seen from the last six photographs below, she looks magnificent and she will require little maintenance for quite some time. I have added no further commentary this page as the photographs speak for themselves.

The Viking Bordeaux had been part of the “Save the Classic Liner Campaign” for some time and had been overjoyed when IPOC had obtained her. However, upon her decline, I again placed her back online on the Campaign page and Mr. Ian Powel contacted me and commenced the process of purchasing her for his new company “Razzmatazz Ocean Cruises.” She was to have been renamed MV Razzmatazz. As stated on page one, the sale did not go ahead die to the owners ridiculous ever changing demands, and she was eventually sold at auction in April 2008 and again in September to the breakers. This fine little ship has now sadly been broken up at Alang India.


Photograph by & Mr. Boynton ex Managing Director of IOC South Africa


 Photograph by & Mr. Boynton ex Managing Director of IOC South Africa


 Photograph by & Mr. Boynton ex Managing Director of IOC South Africa


Photograph by & Mr. Boynton ex Managing Director of IOC South Africa 


Photograph by & Mr. Boynton ex Managing Director of IOC South Africa 


Photograph by & Mr. Boynton ex Managing Director of IOC South Africa 


 Photograph by & Mr. Boynton ex Managing Director of IOC South Africa


MV Madagascar seen laid up in Durban

Photographs by Jason Prismall

MV Stella Maris II – INDEX:

Page One … Stella Maris - History Page - Including her final days as the Razzmatazz

Page Two … Stella Maris - Deck Plan – Covering MV Stella Maris to Madagascar

Page Three … Madagascar - the 2005 refit – Including the ship she never was - the MV Razzmatazz!

Also Read SS Stella Maris I – The ship that started it all!


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