Christina O up for Sale

Are you in the market for a superyacht that defines the term legendary? Christina O, the former superyacht of Aristotle Onassis, is up for sale by international superyacht firm Edmiston. For an asking price around $32 million, this palatial 99-meter luxury liner can be yours. The famous vessel was the backdrop to one of the century’s most high-profile romances, between Aristotle Onassis and Jackie Kennedy, the former wife of U.S. President John F Kennedy, and even served as the site of their 1968 wedding. With a high society guest list that included Hollywood stars, reigning monarchs, and the political giants of the day, the elegant vessel has earned an enduring place in history.

Built in 1943, Christina O was originally a World War II Canadian anti-submarine frigate, serving as a convoy escort during the Battle of the Atlantic and present at the D-Day landings. After the war, she was one of many surplus vessels, and shipping magnate Onassis purchased her as scrap metal for $34,000 in 1954. After gutting her, he invested the equivalent of $45 million today in extensive renovations to turn her into a glamorous party vessel.

The luxurious liner was as famous for its on-board romances as it was for its extravagant parties. When Prince Rainier of Monaco wed Grace Kelly in 1958, they held their wedding reception on the vessel. Prior to marrying Jackie Kennedy, Onassis carried on a famous love affair with opera singer Maria Callas on board as they cruised across Europe. Capable of accommodating 36 guests in 18 opulent staterooms, she played host to a guest list that included twice-married Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton as well as luminaries John F Kennedy, Sir Winston Churchill, King Farouk of Egypt, King Faud of Saudi Arabia, Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, and John Wayne.

Onassis died in 1975, leaving the yacht to his daughter, Christina, in his will. She in turn bequeathed it to the Greek government as a presidential yacht, where it fell into disrepair before a substantial renovation returned it to its former glory in 2001. On-board amenities include the famous minotaur-themed mosaic floored pool that converts to a dance floor at the touch of a button, as well as a library, children’s playroom, fitness center, beauty salon and massage room, and jacuzzi.

If Christina O is the boat of your dreams, Atlantic Yacht and Ship’s knowledgeable brokers will be delighted to represent your interests through every step of the purchase. If you have a different vessel in mind, we have an extensive selection of beautiful new and preowned yachts for sale, including ‘Orly’, a lovely 94′ Sunseeker Yacht for sale in Florida.

Located in Miami Beach, this 2003 yacht is often seen cruising the waters around South Florida on weekends. Orly is extensively equipped with custom features and bonuses like the secret wall that separates the galley from the dining area for formal entertaining. Another unique feature of this particular Sunseeker Yacht is the walk in closet aft of the master bed. This positioning enabled the master head to be moved forward which allowed for a private jacuzzi tub in the master (in addition to the one on the flybridge!). Her current asking price is US$ 2,599,000; contact Joe Marino at 954-328-2059 or joe@ayssales.com for more information.

Located in the heart of Ft Lauderdale, Atlantic Yacht and Ship has a full range of preowned and new yachts for sale, from a 136′ Megayacht to a 28′ Hatteras Sportfish. As a leader in the yacht brokerage industry for over 53 years, Atlantic Yacht & Ship has the experience to put you in your ideal vessel. Call today at 954-921-1500 and speak to one of our knowledgeable licensed and bonded yacht brokers or email us at info@ayssales.com.