The Cambodge (13,217 grt) sailed on her maiden voyage to Yokohama in 1953.
She was sold to Sun Line in 1970, renamed Stella Solaris and thoroughly rebuilt.
She appeared as a cruise ship in 1973 and was sold for scrap 30 years later.
Her sisters, the Viet-Nam (13,162 grt) and Laos (13,212 grt), came into service in
1952 and 1954 respectively. They were both sold in 1970 to be employed in the
pilgrim service until both were destroyed by fire in the mid-1970s.
Excerpts from the brochure describing the Cambodge:
"The intermediate steamer Cambodge was built for the Compagnie des Messageries Maritimes by the Ateliers et Chantiers de France
She is similar to the Viet-Nam and Laos, and like these two vessels intended for the Indo-China and Far East service."
"The Viet-Nam, Laos and Cambodge are of identical type with the following main characteristics: length 532', breadth 72', displacement
loaded approximately 15 150 tons and deadweight capacity approximately 6 400 tons; propelling machinery developing 19 600 h.p.,
giving a service speed of
"... special attention has been given to ventilation, so important when operating in tropical waters. In the dining rooms, first class cabins,
some of the tourist class cabins and the hairdressing saloons, the air is renewed frequently by a permanent air-conditioning system.
As on the sister ships, fire-fighting equipment of a most advanced type is provided in the form of a sprinkler system, which at the same
time acts as a
fire-detector. The Cambodge is fitted with the most reliable navigational aids - radar, gyro pilot, gyro compass and
ultra-sonic detector. As on
the sister ships, there is a Denny-Brown stabilizer, which considerably reduces rolling and avoids
slackening speed in bad weather.
The Cambodge is designed to accommodate 117 first class, 110 tourist class and 312 steerage passengers with cabin accommodation for 52.
M. Jean Leleu was responsible for the decoration scheme. The harmonious arrangement of masses and colours, the variety of materials
used and the co-operation
of a team of selected artists have transformed the luxuriously fitted Cambodge into a veritable palace.
The first class cabins located on C and D decks, some of which have the advantage of a private balcony, are comfortable and spacious.
The de luxe suite on
D deck, comprising private balcony and bathroom, and a charming oval state room communicating with the
dressing-room, is a delight to the eye with its
sutle inter-play of yellow and blue-grey tones. Tourist class cabins are located on C deck.
The public rooms reserved for first class passengers are: the main lounge with lacquered light wood panelling on which are depicted
figures of the 'Comédie-Italienne', blending with the beige-tinted fabrics and full carpet, and a rosewood cabinet concealing
inlaid with liturgical motifs; the hall with a small circular recess bright with colourful ceramics; the card room furnished with inlaid
sycamore; the writing room in which soft shades of
yellow and green create the appropriate restful atmosphere; the smoking room-
bar with its ceiling decorated by Despierre, with its deep blue upholstery,
and its terrace together with the open-air swimming-pool
combining to form a veritable Lido. And finally, the dining room with its domed ceiling encircled
by a garland of sculpted sea-nymphs,
large bay-windows and fluorescent lighting recreating the daylight, and the Grau Sala paintings whose grace and humour
charms of a Paris of days gone by...
For the tourist class passengers, there is a dining room full of warmth and harmony, where polished oak panelling sets off the pleasant
and a smokeroom with lacquered partitions, enlivened with ceramic decorations full of humour and the spontaneous
charm of a Hamburg oil painting."
"As on the sister ships, there is a children's nursery and play centre, on F deck. There are also two hairdressing saloons, an ironing room,
dark room and a laundry equipped with the latest apparatus."
"Cinema performances for first and tourist class passengers ... are given in the tourist class dining room."
First class lounge:
"... with oak inlaid parquet flooring and bold coloured Savonnerie carpets. The room is lit up at night
by eleven chandeliers and furnished with small
round tables blending pale polished sycamore with
chairs upholstered in grey and green leather, while lavish tapestries by Saint-Saens decorate the walls;
in the starboard corner, there is an altar for the performance of religious services, whose austere bronze
panel is decorated with a superb enamel by Rouault,
worked by the monks of the Benedictine
Order at the Abbey of Ligugé ..."
First class card and writing room:
"... with bronze walls, hung with filmy curtains ..."
First class smoking room
De luxe suite:
"Its a symphony of blue and grey, consisting of a room with twin beds, where a large yellow shantung
curtain may be drawn to give a more intimate effect;
a state room with a private balcony looking
out to sea, and a bathroom."
First class cabin(s):
"... with lacquered or polished walls and furniture in sycamore, walnut, mahogany or ash,
each have one or two beds and a combined chest - dressing table
and writing desk ..."
First class writing room:
"... soft shades of yellow and green ..."
Tourist class lounge
Children's play room
First class dining room:
"... with its domed ceiling encircled by a garland of sculpted sea-nymphs, large bay-windows and fluorescent
lighting recreating the daylight ..."
First class bar:
" ... (and) smokeroom with its warm cheerful atmosphere, overlooking the open-air swimming pool ..."
"... where the bold contrast of black, yellow, blue and grey ceramics delights the eye with its display of colour."
First class lounge:
"... whose delicate combination of reseda, grey and black tones harmonise with the sycamore panels,
showing off two magnificent tapestries by Pierre
First class dining room:
"... a light room in which white sycamore predominates, and where the panoramic murals by Felix Labisse,
a master of poetical realism, add to the
From a 1950s Messageries Maritimes promotional brochure/route map (see below).