Christina O, a private motor yacht that once belonged to billionaire Greek shipowner Aristotle Onassis, came to Dubrovnik yesterday and docked in front of island of Lokrum. Christina O is named after Onassis' daughter and it served as an iconic beacon of a glamorous lifestyle.
This yacht is one of the largest in the world but it’s especially famous because of its guests through the years and stories that follow them.
Apart from Onassis' mistress Maria Callas and his wife Jackie, he entertained celebrities such as Winston Churchill, Marilyn Monroe, Richard Burton, Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, Rudolf Nureyev, Greta Garbo, Frank Sinatra, John F. Kennedy and Peter Sagan. Princess Grace of Monaco had her wedding reception with Prince Rainier onboard in 1956.
In 1998, the yacht was purchased by Greek shipowner John Paul Papanicolaou, a family friend of the Onassis dynasty. After an extensive refit programme, finished in 2001, he returned the vessel to her former glory.
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, her staterooms are small and Christina O lacks the indoor boat storage that is now standard; however, 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 minotaur-themed mosaic floor that rises at the push of a button to become a dance floor, and there is a helipad on the promenade deck. The bar stools in Ari's Bar retain the original upholstery crafted from a very soft, fine leather made from the foreskins of whales.