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Jacqueline Kennedy and Aristotle Onassis’ Christina O: what does it cost to charter the iconic yacht?

Alina Andriyanova
March 27, 2019

Legendary 20th-century figures of Aristotel Onassis and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis are well associated with luxury lifestyle and elegance. That reflected on all the things that surrounded them, including their iconic yacht Christina O. Greek-based brokerage company Valef Yachts offers the vessel’s charter options at €80,000-€90,000 per day, according to Yacht Harbour.

First owned by Canadian government as WWII frigate, Christina O was acquired by Aristotle Onassis in 1954. He gave the yacht name Christina, that has later transformed into Christina O under different owners, an Irish bank teamed up with Greek investors.

The Christina O is available for charter through Valef Yachts, a Greek charter company that is also represented in the USA.

Jackie Kennedy on-board Christina during her wedding reception. Photo By Bill Ray//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images.

In contrast to modern trend among superyacht owners towards intimacy and privacy, Onassis enjoyed showing off with posh parties on-board Christina O.

Apart from the Onassis family, the vessel has seen many prominent people and celebrities on-board, including Maria Callas and Marilyn Monroe, Franklin Roosevelt Jr., Winston Churchill, John Wayne etc., not to mention the held-on-board wedding reception of Monaco's Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly.

Completely rebuilt in 2001, this yacht features 99,14-metre LOA and a beam of 10,9 metres. She plays host to 17 staterooms, a dining room with capacity for 40 people and a Jacuzzi and a splendid salt water swimming pool that can be easily transformed into a dance floor. The so called Onassis Suite, the biggest suite on-board is fitted with a hot tub.

The yacht provides her guests with a vast choice of entertaining activities, such as on-board piano, a library with a broad collection of books, beauty parlor ant two massage rooms or simple backgammon.

Christina O’ calm interiors, predominant with hushed tones, bear a notable exception in the cobalt-blue elements on the magnificent spiral staircase. 

Techno wise, Christina O reaches her maximum speed at 19,5 knots and cruises comfortably at 16 knots. She can accommodate up to 34 people on-board within 17 cabins and can host up to 250 during parties. There is also accommodation space for 38 crew members.

When it comes to the iconic vessel’s price tag, her absolutely lowest charter rate amounts to €560,000 per week during the low season. During the the high period of July and August the price though raises to €700,000 per week.

The pricing above does not include the €20,000 security deposit or Advanced Provisioning Account fee, allocated on fuel, food and drink, etc.

According to CNN Travel, Christina O that is naturally often seen in Monaco is in high demand during such special events as Formula 1 or Cannes Film Festival.