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Wednesday, June 19, 2019


“I don’t think there is a man or woman on earth who would not be seduced by the pure narcissism shamelessly flaunted on this boat. I have found that to be so.”
                                                      --Brit actor Richard Burton.

Aristole “Ari” Onassis, a billionaire ocean shipping magnate, in 1954 purchased for $34,000 a war surplus WWII era Canadian warship (convoy escort) formerly known as the HMCS Stormont and spent another $4 million turning it into a sea going mansion.  In its life the ship has weathered a stormy day off the Normandy coast on June 6, 1944 and later in 1975 weathered the oft tempestuous Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.

Christina and Ari Onassis
Named after his daughter, the yacht became the 325 ft. Christina O and in the next 20 years until his death in 1975, Onassis used the Casar Pinnau designed yacht as a home away from home and his corporate HQ.  It is there he sailed with his new bride (married 1968) Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and others.  Jackie O picked the color scheme and décor in all the cabins.

By the end of the century, the Christina O had long since fallen out of the hands of the Onassis family.

When the Greek government auctioned off the yacht, John Paul Papanicolaou, an Onassis confidant and friend of Christina Onassis bought the then named Argo and spent $50 million to refit it. 

ARRIVE IN STYLE: Today, the Christina O is available for chartering by Valef Yachts for a reported high season (mid-summer) fee of $100,000 per day.
AMENITIES:  [Yacht images: click here]
The Christina O’s boasts a dining room capable of seating up to 40 guests.
Her exterior amenities include the famous swimming pool which converts to a dance floor, a large Jacuzzi and extensive sunbathing decks.  2 massage rooms, 1 beauty room, fitness therapists are included in the charter rate no additional cost.

The storied yacht’s canopied decks are the ideal venue for any extra special occasion.  She can cruise with up to 157 persons and up to 250 guests can be entertained on her canopied decks for the ultimate event at dock.
Accommodation: 34 guests in:
– Onassis suite (bridge deck) or the Master, with Jacuzzi bathroom & private lounge ensuite with library
– 10 guest cabins forward on the main deck extend from amidships
– 6 guest cabins aft on the lower deck (all convertible from Double to Twin)
– All but two guest cabins are convertible from twin to double
– All cabins with en suite shower room, TV/DVD/CD/Stereo

Rent the Yacht, Own the Feeling.  Click here.
Jackie and Ari Onassis entertain friends aboard the Christina O.

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