In 1954 Aristotle Onassis bought, for 34 thousand dollars, an old war ship from the Canadian military dating back to 1943. He then restored it and transformed it into the luxury yacht Christina.

On board this marvelous ship, under the name of Onassis’s only daughter, born in 1950, travelled historical and symbolic celebrities of an epoch like: Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra, John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe, Richard Burton, as well as important bankers and heads of state including John Kennedy and the first lady Jacqueline who would then become Aristotle’s wife, taking the place of the great Maria Callas.

99 metres long, the yacht is a villa in the middle of the sea, where Onassis could host up to 36 people in 18 luxury cabins in addition to the master suite: 75 square metres, with a marble bathroom dedicated to Minos. It could be said that this boat, decorated with paintings by Rubens and Renoir, with a mosaic tile pool and a welcoming bar with whale-skin stools, bathrooms with their gold faucets and ivory handles, was the first in a long line of luxury yachts.

After the shipbuilder died, his daughter donated the Christina to the Greek government which sold it in 1998 to a private owner, John Paul Papanicolaou, an Onassis family friend, who is very active in the naval industry.

The restoration work was given to the Viktor Lenac shipyard in Martinscica, Croatia. Work finished in 2001 and the ship was available for charter at 40 thousand dollars a day.

Now the marvelous Christina O’, a symbol of ancient splendor with the most modern equipment and technology, is for sale once again, under the famous broker, Edmiston, with a starting price of 25 million euros.

Elena di Carpegna Varini

8 July 2013