Christina O is one of the world’s longest private yachts at 325 ft. & 3 in. She was originally a Canadian River class frigate called HMCS Stormont and was launched in 1943. She served as a convoy escort during the Battle of the Atlantic and was present at the D-Day landings. After the end of the Second World War she was one of many surplus naval vessels and Greek shipowner Aristotle Onassis purchased her for just 34,000 USD. He spent 4 million USD to convert her into a luxurious yacht and renamed her Christina after his daughter. Apart from Onassis’s mistress Maria Callas and his wife Jackie Onassis other celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra and Eva Peron have sailed on her. She was one of the most famous society venues of the mid 20th century: John F Kennedy first met Winston Churchill on board in 1957.
When Aristotle Onassis died in 1975 he left the yacht to his daughter, who gave her to the government for use as a presidential yacht in 1978. She was rechristened the Argo but was allowed to decay and was put up for sale at 16 million USD in the early 1990s, but found no takers. In 1996 a sale to an American fell through (he was later convicted of wire fraud in relation to his attempt to purchase the yacht). Finally in 1998 she was purchased by Greek shipowner John Paul Papanicolaou who had sailed on her as a child. He changed her name to Christina O and undertook a major refurbishment between January 1999 and April 2001. As of 2006 she is available to charter at between 61,092 and 88,238 USD per day.
Christina O has a master suite, eighteen passenger staterooms, and numerous indoor and outdoor living areas all connected by a spiral staircase. Compared to a typical 21st century superyacht the staterooms are small and Christina O lacks the indoor boat storage which is now standard, but on the other hand the number of living areas is large and the amount of outdoor deck space is very generous. The aft main deck has an outdoor pool with a mosaic floor which rises at the push of a button to form a dance floor and there is a helicopter platform on the promenade deck.
Guests can join the ranks of celebrities such as Sir Winston Churchill, The Begum Aga Khan, King Farouk, Jackie Kennedy, Eva Peron, Elizabeth Taylor, Greta Garbo, Maria Callas, Frank Sinatra and Dame Margot Fonteyn who have enjoyed the hospitality this magnificent yacht has to offer. The m/y “Christina O” was also the venue for two of the greatest parties of all time; when the fireworks reception of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco’s marriage and Aris Onassis and Jackie Kennedy’s wedding party were held on board. The magnificent vessel is now the only mega yacht with this certification worldwide, capable of accommodating up to 36 guests in 19 luxurious staterooms catered by a complement of 32 officers and crew. In addition, the mega yacht Christina O assumes her supremacy as the preferred venue for all occasions- prestigious galas, international launches and a variety of cultural and corporate events for up to 250 guests on her canopied decks. She boats four magnificent salons, a sumptuous dining room capable of seating up to 40 guests, three cocktail bars (including the famous Aris’ bar), an extensive library, a children’s playroom, a fitness centre, beauty parlour, and massage room. Her exterior amenities include the famous swimming pool (convertible to dance floor), a large Jacuzzi, expansive sunbathing decks and a helipad.
The Onassis suite: Comprised of three rooms – a large bedroom, bathroom and study – totaling 678 square feet, the Onassis Suite will provide the ultimate luxury shipboard accommodations with panoramic ocean views. The bedroom features a king-size bed covered in fine Venetian linens, custom made furniture from Milan and Onassis’ original Baccarat crystal wall lights. The wood-paneled study features the original onyx fireplace, leather furniture and handmade Austrian lamps and a writing desk features silver-embossed stationery. In the bathroom, which is complete with double sinks and a bathtub with six-head shower, LeFroy Brooks fittings complement the original rare marble finishes. The Onassis Suite features three large walk-in closets, two surround sound stereo systems with DVD and CD players and televisions.
All other Staterooms: Each stateroom, with dimensions ranging between 150 and 236 square feet, is named after one of the Greek Isles. Stateroom features include a double bed or two twin-sized beds with fine Venetian linens, seating area with antique prints of the Greek Islands, leather-inlaid secretaire, mirrored walk-in closets, surround sound stereo systems with DVD and CD players and views of the sea. Bathrooms feature six-head massage showers.
Entertainment & lay out description:
Aris’ Bar: Perhaps the most famous spot on board, John F. Kennedy first met Sir Winston Churchill in Ari’s Bar in 1957. The intricately detailed bar contains barrels and sea chests hinting of pirate treasure, whaling harpoons and an illustrated wall map of the world. The circular bar itself was originally crafted from the timbers of a Spanish Galleon, wound with heavy sailing rope and is adorned with footrests and handholds of ornately carved whales’ teeth. It features a glass top over a lighted relief of the sea, which depicts the development of ships through history with tiny model ships that can be moved around by magnets. The barstools are covered in whale foreskin, a fact that Onassis delighted in telling his guests.
Lapis Lounge: This elegant lounge owes its name to the breathtaking lapis lazuli fireplace, which is the focal point of the room where Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor once relaxed. Bookshelves surrounding the fireplace are filled with rare volumes. Fine pieces of art including a Renoir, Le Corbusier and de Chirico line the walls.
Swimming pool & dance floor: Carefully restored by an apprentice of the original craftsmen, the floor of the bronze-bordered swimming pool is inlaid with an exquisite mosaic copied directly from the Palace of Knossos in Crete. With the push of a button, the bottom of the pool rises above the water to become a dance floor.
Atrium: A majestic spiral staircase highlighted by an onyx and silver handrail circles the atrium, connecting the three cabin decks. A delicate mural winds up the surrounding wall and a central mosaic with the "Christina" Yachting emblem adorns the floor.
Spa complex: Encompassing half the Promenade Deck, the spa complex includes a fitness center, massage room, sports lounge and beauty salon as well as the sumptuous Jacuzzi Deck, fitted with a large jacuzzi, an open air bar and al fresco dining.
Main Dining room: The dining room can accommodate up to 40 people and features fine hand-finished tables, Venetian lace tablecloths, Waterford glassware, Ercuis silverware and a sunken marble floor.
Library: Filled with books from around the world which are published in several languages, the library provides guests with a place to read some of the rare volumes or work at one of two writing desks.
Music lounge: This lounge features a grand piano, Italian furniture by Giorgetti and Maria Callas memorabilia including her sole gold record.
Show lounge: Equipped with a presentation platform, Giorgetti furniture, and huge bay windows offering panoramic views, the Show Lounge houses video equipment and a stereo system.
Children’s playroom: This brightly decorated room provides an ideal spot for children to convene and offers a selection of toys for their amusement.