Please use a modern browser to view this website. Some elements might not work as expected when using Internet Explorer.

  • Landing Page
  • Luxury Yacht Vacation Types
  • Corporate Yacht Charter
  • Tailor Made Vacations
  • Luxury Exploration Vacations
  • View All 3617
  • Motor Yachts
  • Sailing Yachts
  • Classic Yachts
  • Catamaran Yachts
  • Filter By Destination
  • More Filters
  • Latest Reviews
  • Charter Special Offers
  • Destination Guides
  • Inspiration & Features
  • Mediterranean Charter Yachts
  • France Charter Yachts
  • Italy Charter Yachts
  • Croatia Charter Yachts
  • Greece Charter Yachts
  • Turkey Charter Yachts
  • Bahamas Charter Yachts
  • Caribbean Charter Yachts
  • Australia Charter Yachts
  • Thailand Charter Yachts
  • Dubai Charter Yachts
  • Destination News
  • New To Fleet
  • Charter Fleet Updates
  • Special Offers
  • Industry News
  • Yacht Shows
  • Corporate Charter
  • Finding a Yacht Broker
  • Charter Preferences
  • Questions & Answers
  • Add my yacht

CHRISTINA O Interior & Exterior Photos

99.13m  /  325'3   canadian vickers   1943 / 2020.

  • Previous Yacht
  • Amenities & Toys
  • Rates & Regions
  • + Shortlist

Christina O photo 1

Charter Christina O

To charter this luxury yacht contact your charter broker or

Stef Bravin

Stef Bravin

Pro Superyacht Photographer

SIMILAR YACHTS FOR CHARTER

Nero charter yacht

90m | Corsair Yachts

from $497,000 p/week

SS Delphine charter yacht

SS Delphine

79m | Great Lakes Ew

from $436,000 p/week ♦︎

NOTE to U.S. Customs & Border Protection

SIMILAR LUXURY CHARTER YACHTS

Here are a selection of yachts which are similar to the current charter yacht. To view all similar luxury charter yachts click on the button below.

As Featured In

The YachtCharterFleet Difference

YachtCharterFleet makes it easy to find the yacht charter vacation that is right for you. We combine thousands of yacht listings with local destination information, sample itineraries and experiences to deliver the world's most comprehensive yacht charter website.

San Francisco

  • Like us on Facebook
  • Follow us on Twitter
  • Follow us on Instagram
  • Find us on LinkedIn
  • Add My Yacht
  • Affiliates & Partners

Popular Destinations & Events

  • St Tropez Yacht Charter
  • Monaco Yacht Charter
  • St Barts Yacht Charter
  • Greece Yacht Charter
  • Mykonos Yacht Charter
  • Caribbean Yacht Charter

Featured Charter Yachts

  • Maltese Falcon Yacht Charter
  • Wheels Yacht Charter
  • Victorious Yacht Charter
  • Andrea Yacht Charter
  • Titania Yacht Charter
  • Ahpo Yacht Charter

Receive our latest offers, trends and stories direct to your inbox.

Please enter a valid e-mail.

Thanks for subscribing.

Search for Yachts, Destinations, Events, News... everything related to Luxury Yachts for Charter.

Yachts in your shortlist

In pictures: all aboard iconic superyacht Christina O

Her storied history includes serving in WW2 and hosting Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly’s wedding reception 

  • Newsletter sign up Newsletter

Christina O superyacht

The superyacht Christina O did not start her life on the seas as a playground for the rich and famous. Constructed in 1943 by Montreal-based shipbuilder Canadian Vickers, the 99m Canadian frigate - originally called HMCS Stormont - was first used to serve in the Second World War and was present at the D-Day landings in Normandy in 1944.

Yacht buying guide: all you need to know when purchasing a superyacht Review: Lamborghini takes to the seas

Acquired in 1954 by Aristotle Onassis, it was the Greek billionaire shipping magnate that transformed the Stormont into one of the world’s most luxurious superyachts . Renamed after his daughter, Onassis spent $4m on the refurbishment of a ship that would become an elite and exclusive entertainment destination.

From John Fitzgerald Kennedy and Winston Churchill to Marilyn Monroe and Jackie Kennedy, who Onassis later married, Christina O hosted some of the world’s most influential people during her glory years. The wedding reception of Monaco’s Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly was also held on board, while legendary Hollywood couple Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor were regular guests.

Today the Christina O can be hired for corporate events and be chartered for private use. Charter prices start from €560,000 (£492,900) a week in low season to €630,000 (£554,700) a week in high season. See morleyyachts.com

‘Greatest yacht of them all’

‘Greatest yacht of them all’

After a number of refits, the ship has been meticulously restored. It can sleep up to 34 guests who can enjoy the same luxury experienced by the famous visitors of yesteryear. Designed to the highest standard, Onassis’s “unique taste is everywhere”, says Boat International magazine. Christina O is regarded by many as the “greatest yacht of them all”.

Swimming pool

Swimming pool

One of the highlights aboard the superyacht is the beautiful swimming pool. Designed with a tiled bull mosaic, the pool can turn into a dance floor at the flip of a switch.

Jacuzzi deck

Jacuzzi deck

Relaxation is the top activity on the Christina O. As well as the Jacuzzi deck (pictured) the ship also has an indoor air-conditioned gym and a spa which offers beauty treatments and massages.

Callas Lounge

Callas Lounge

The surroundings inside the yacht are as plush as the exteriors. The Callas Lounge (pictured) is named after the American-born Greek soprano Maria Callas. Regarded as one of the influential opera singers of the 20th century, it’s said that her “opera notes still play in the Callas Lounge”.

Ari’s Bar

Ari’s Bar

The legendary Ari’s Bar is christened in tribute to Aristotle Onassis himself as “this was one of his favourite places in which to enjoy a drink”, says Yacht Charter Fleet .

The decks

Ranked 56 in the Top 100 Largest Yachts in the World list, Christina O is the “epitome of elegance and luxury”, says Superyachts.com . “Its capacious deck can host up to 250 guests beneath extensive canopies, perfect for a special occasion or one-off corporate incentive.” Other amenities include the Galaxy Bar on the Compass deck and the large Jacuzzi on the Promenade deck.

Onassis’ Suite

Onassis’ Suite

The expansive and luxurious Onassis Suite is situated on the bridge deck and holds a spacious bathroom with Jacuzzi tub and a private en-suite lounge, says Superyachts.com .

Spiral staircase

Spiral staircase

Christina O’s elegant marble-railed spiral staircase covers three decks and at the bottom is the floor depicting Onassis’ Omega emblem.

Sign up for Today's Best Articles in your inbox

A free daily email with the biggest news stories of the day – and the best features from TheWeek.com

Mike Starling is the digital features editor at The Week, where he writes content and edits the Arts & Life and Sport website sections and the Food & Drink and Travel newsletters. He started his career in 2001 in Gloucestershire as a sports reporter and sub-editor and has held various roles as a writer and editor at news, travel and B2B publications. He has spoken at a number of sports business conferences and also worked as a consultant creating sports travel content for tourism boards. International experience includes spells living and working in Dubai, UAE; Brisbane, Australia; and Beirut, Lebanon. 

Photo collage of a man with a megaphone, a giant hairdryer, a screaming mouth, a TV, a train and some cars, all making noise. The background is a red and green ripple emanating from the megaphone, like soundwaves, with stock small talk phrases written out, such as

Under The Radar In a world 'filled with constant yapping' some are making an effort to keep schtum

By Chas Newkey-Burden, The Week UK Published 20 May 24

Political cartoon

Cartoons Sunday's cartoons - 2024 votes, AI woes, and more

By The Week US Published 19 May 24

Political cartoon

Cartoons Artists take on checklists, ice creams, and more

A ski chalet at the top of a snowy driveway

The Week Recommends Including homes in Verbier, Haute-Savoie and Monti della Luna

By The Week Staff Published 19 January 24

Round Hill, Jamaica is a cool and stylish holiday destination

The Week Recommends Featuring stylish island resorts, historical properties and wilderness retreats

By The Week UK Last updated 7 May 24

Urner is known as 'the skier's haute route'

The Week Recommends The Urner Haute Route features some of the wildest terrain in the Alps

By The Week UK Last updated 2 January 24

Surfers catch waves on the coastline of Siargao

The Week Recommends Best holidays, adventures and experiences to book in 2024

By The Week UK Last updated 22 April 24

161216-santaharriniva.jpg

The Week Recommends From husky sleigh rides and tobogganing to searching for Father Christmas on a snowmobile

By The Week UK Published 28 November 23

The island of Grenada from an aeroplane

The Week Recommends Barbados and Grenada offer different perspectives on paradise

By Rebekah Evans, The Week UK Published 13 November 23

Borgo Pignano is an eco-resort located on a 750-acre estate in Tuscany

The Week Recommends Enjoy a retreat-like experience that's as relentlessly authentic as it is luxurious

By Dominic Kocur Published 13 November 23

Finca Cortesin has a world-class championship golf course and a Jack Nicklaus Golf Academy

The Week Recommends Pristine golf meets beach and spa paradise at the Solheim Cup host venue

By Alexandra Zagalsky Published 10 November 23

  • Contact Future's experts
  • Terms and Conditions
  • Privacy Policy
  • Cookie Policy
  • Advertise With Us

The Week is part of Future plc, an international media group and leading digital publisher. Visit our corporate site . © Future US, Inc. Full 7th Floor, 130 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036.

Boat logo

The global authority in superyachting

  • NEWSLETTERS
  • Yachts Home
  • The Superyacht Directory
  • Yacht Reports
  • Brokerage News
  • The largest yachts in the world
  • The Register
  • Yacht Advice
  • Yacht Design
  • 12m to 24m yachts
  • Monaco Yacht Show
  • Builder Directory
  • Designer Directory
  • Interior Design Directory
  • Naval Architect Directory
  • Yachts for sale home
  • Motor yachts
  • Sailing yachts
  • Explorer yachts
  • Classic yachts
  • Sale Broker Directory
  • Charter Home
  • Yachts for Charter
  • Charter Destinations
  • Charter Broker Directory
  • Destinations Home
  • Mediterranean
  • South Pacific
  • Rest of the World
  • Boat Life Home
  • Owners' Experiences
  • Interiors Suppliers
  • Owners' Club
  • Captains' Club
  • BOAT Showcase
  • Boat Presents
  • Events Home
  • World Superyacht Awards
  • Superyacht Design Festival
  • Design and Innovation Awards
  • Young Designer of the Year Award
  • Artistry and Craft Awards
  • Explorer Yachts Summit
  • Ocean Talks
  • The Ocean Awards
  • BOAT Connect
  • Between the bays
  • Golf Invitational
  • Boat Pro Home
  • Superyacht Insight
  • Global Order Book
  • Premium Content
  • Product Features
  • Testimonials
  • Pricing Plan
  • Tenders & Equipment

Christina O classic superyacht

The real story behind the Triangle of Sadness superyacht

When an unhinged captain, celebrity model couple and an elderly arms dealer find themselves on a luxury cruise ship, things take a turn for the worse in Ruben Östlund's Triangle of Sadness. As the glossy satire is released in theatres, we dive into the colourful history of the film's true star (no, not Woody Harrelson), the 99.15 metre superyacht Christina O .

Christina O is no stranger to celebrity fanfare. With classic lines and a trademark yellow funnel, some might say she was destined for the screen and even secured a role in Netflix drama The Crown , starring as the 121.95 metre Alexander , before landing the part of a luxury cruiser in the 2022 comedy Triangle of Sadness. Even in her early years she was often found in the company of A-listers. The former warship was famously rescued and rebuilt by Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis and her guest list reads like a who's who of Hollywood's finest, the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, Greta Garbo and Grace Kelley having all graced her decks.

Spending $4 million on a yacht in the years of austerity after the Second World War seemed an act of frivolity by Onassis , but it was shrewd philosophy that underpinned what appeared to be a wasteful extravagance. The Canadian anti-submarine frigate HMCS Stormont , which he bought for its scrap value of $34,000 in 1954, was transformed into Christina O : a pleasure palace that vastly enhanced his status – and wealth – as film stars, politicians, bankers and businessmen answered his invitation to ‘come aboard’. 

What sets Onassis apart from the more patrician yacht owners of the day, who valued their privacy above all else, is that he virtually wrote the manual for today’s superyacht lifestyle. Espadrilled, tanned and always with an eye open beneath his sunglasses to the possibilities of a little publicity, he epitomised the roguish glamour of the mega-rich. Who didn’t aspire to a lifestyle that revolved around beautiful women, yachts and film stars? Yet, as a shrewd businessman, he was among the first to realise the potential of a yacht as a business tool. Who knows how many lucrative doors a few days’ hospitality aboard Christina O opened up for the man who began his career as a refugee from Turkish Anatolia with $250 in his pocket and a ticket to Argentina, where he made his first fortune.

Christina O was named after his first-born child, who inherited her father’s yacht at his death in 1975. However, with the memories of those carefree days perhaps too poignant, Christina donated her namesake to the Greek government in 1978, and a period of slow deterioration followed. Greece was in the hands of a left-wing regime, and the former plaything of a capitalist millionaire was embarrassing.

The yacht was rescued in 1999 by an Onassis family friend, John Paul Papanicolaou, who set about restoring her. The work was more extensive than first thought – 560 tonnes of new steel were required to replace corroded plating – but now with MAN diesels in place of her original steam turbines and many of her original fittings retained, she charters extremely successfully, her 17 cabins putting her into the exclusive mini-cruise liner market, a role that suits her perfectly.

Christina O has undergone numerous refits in recent years, which saw some mechanical and repair work undertaken, including careful restoration of her famous Minotaur mosaic swimming pool/dance floor. A new ‘Callas stage’ was also constructed and installed around the base of the funnel. Although there is an official concert room below – for events like the Maria Callas opera recitals that showcase the yacht’s links to the famous soprano – it was considered that in view of all the available Mediterranean sunshine going to waste, an alternative outdoor space would be a sound investment.

The most preserved areas are the Onassis Suite, the famous Ari’s Bar and the concert room. All guest cabins have been completely refurbished in similar style and still use the names of Greek islands, as accorded by Onassis. The pastel colour scheme in all of the cabins was selected by Jackie O and her choice of colour schemes and décor.

Ari’s Bar is one of the most historical parts of the Christina O . Engraved orca whale teeth provide places to hang a handbag, or hold on to, around the circumference of the bar, whose surface is still the original massive piece of timber from a sunken Spanish galleon. Similar orca teeth offer footrests on the stool columns, which are covered with the whale penis skin that Aristotle loved to tell his guests about.

Countless reams have been written about this famous yacht in gossip columns, scandal sheets, fashion magazines and yachting journals – probably more so than any other yacht afloat. Christina O is a celebrity in her own right and represents a golden age, an era of giants, from those who owned her to those who trod her decks and gave everlasting ambience to her interior spaces.

While she is truly an icon of her time, her legacy lives on both on and off the screen.

Christina O is available for charter with Morley Yachts from €700,000 per week.

More about this yacht

More stories, most popular, from our partners, sponsored listings.

SYS logo Bodoni grrey blue 600x80

Christina O

  • 99.13m | Canadian Vickers | 1943 (2020)
  • captain & crew
  • chef & cuisine
  • specifications
  • testimonials

Operations Manager Florin Belciug has worked on Christina O for 13 years and has come to regard the yacht as home.

He started his maritime career on cruise ships, working for Cunard, Seaborne and the Seven Seas before joining Christina O in 2007. ‘Stepping onto Christina O was so different from what I had done before. I loved it from my first day on board and it has become my home and my family. I don’t ever see my life without Christina O.’

The 99.13m Christina O has a unique history like no other yacht in existence. Originally built in 1943 as a frigate by Canadian Vickers, this former war ship was subsequently converted into one of the world’s most iconic superyachts under the discerning eye of Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis.

Spotting her potential as a fabulous craft for entertaining a veritable Who’s Who from the worlds of business, entertainment and politics, Onassis oversaw an ambitious renovation in the early 1950s, transforming her into a sleek classic which easily stands the test of time against the very best 21 st century superyachts.

Among her most jaw-dropping assets are the inimitable Ari’s Bar - which remains almost entirely as it was created 70 years ago - and the mosaic swimming pool whose base can be raised hydraulically to create a dance floor. Further small modifications were also made in 2019.

MY Christina O Superyacht Stories 1200x800 6

Another outstanding feature setting her apart from other yachts for charter is the sheer amount of deck space available. Four open decks offer ample space for hosting an incredible 157 partygoers for cocktails or day trips, while clever layout and design also allows for more intimate settings for just a handful of guests.

It’s no surprise to learn that the type of charter guest attracted to Christina O is more impressed by her provenance and pedigree than merely deluxe mod cons. People want to experience her history, charm and unique sense of style. With beautifully appointed accommodation for 36 guests - far more than an average yacht can offer – Christina O is also popular with large families who appreciate the abundance of space on board.

As operations manager, a position which amazingly is not de rigueur on every superyacht, Florin is the first point of contact between guests, captain and crew and his planning starts from the moment a charter contract is signed.   

MY Christina O - Stef Bravin - Superyacht Profiles

‘From that point on, the guests are in my hands,’ he explains. ‘I’m in touch with them to organize the trip, create an itinerary, and make plans on board and ashore.

‘I communicate the clients’ needs to the officers, broker, captain and engineer as well as looking after onboard operations including the interior team and service. I also discuss menus with the chef, and study weather reports to decide where and when we will pull up the anchor and drop anchor.

‘I love setting the daily schedule the night before. You wake up and try to follow it, but you also have to adapt and improvise according to the guests’ requests and desires. I’m in touch 100% of the time from start to finish to create the perfect trip for them and their family.’

Naturally, the job involves patience, discretion and the ability to anticipate what guests want, which Florin prides himself on getting right. 

‘Clients are usually well organized but when they come on holiday, they switch their minds off and just want to relax,’ he says. ‘I have to read this and interpret what they want. Things can change by the hour and that is challenging but I love this part of the job. I’ve never enjoyed routine; I prefer every day to be different.’

In the past 13 years, Florin has worked with a number of excellent captains on board and Christina O’s new captain is no exception.

‘We are very happy to have him with us. He is charming, positive, hands on and has a very nice personality. I think he will be the perfect captain for us.’

With her unique history, Christina O enjoys a level of loyalty among her charter guests that few yachts can boast. Once owned by Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis, Winston Churchill enjoyed nine cruises while Grace Kelly and Jackie Kennedy both held their wedding receptions on board.

‘I would say that 50% of her appeal is the history and 50% is the amazing crew, who have impeccable backgrounds in hospitality and make each trip really special,’ adds Florin with pride. ‘She has a classic history and charisma that most boats just don’t have, and many charter clients choose her for this reason. They are impressed from the moment they step on board.’ 

MY Christina O 2 - Stef Bravin - Superyacht Profiles

So what can you expect from a stay on Christina O? With a little black book of contacts to rival that of any A lister, Florin is adept at organizing a trip which encompasses the highest levels of gastronomy, adventure and romance, whether it’s an intimate barbecue on a deserted beach or dinner for 20 at one of the world’s best restaurants.

‘I have all the contacts wherever we go,’ says Florin. ‘I’m in touch with ship agents based around the itinerary and that rapport starts three or four months before the charter begins.

‘If you tell me you want to go to an area of Italy, I can consult my files, refresh my memory and within 15 minutes, I can tell you the best spot for a night picnic with a fire camp, the perfect bay for swimming or a wonderful restaurant for supper.

‘I am in control of every operation aside from safety and navigation. My role is to be there for the guests and keep in touch with the captain on every need. I liaise with the heads of every department from housekeeping to the bartender - it’s a team effort and the charter cannot be a success without all the crew involved.’

MY Christina O 4 - Stef Bravin - Superyacht Profiles

Themed experiences on board include Champagne receptions, formal black and white parties, casino nights with roulette and blackjack tables and Michelin standard taster menus created by Christina O’s executive chef Damian Perrinel.

‘We might start the evening with a Champagne reception and there will be a contest to see who wins the most chips at the casino before guests are invited to sit down for dinner,’ says Florin. ‘We have a long table which seats 28, and Damian, who has worked at several Michelin-starred French restaurants, will present a seven course degustation menu.

‘After dinner, we will offer drinks and petit fours in Ari’s Bar and perhaps guests will head up to the top deck afterwards to dance to a DJ set or a live band. We often lay out an al fresco breakfast the following day on the deck with a continental buffet as well as a la carte choices like eggs Benedict and eggs Florentine.

‘Lunch can be a casual barbecue and buffet on the deck. Guests also love to take some downtime and enjoy a treatment or relaxation session in the spa, where we have two therapists.’

Christina O will cruise the Tyrrhenian sea in July, navigate from Italy to Turkey during August and head towards Greece in the beginning of September. She is fully available in May and June and has still some availability for the first 2 weeks of July and last week of July and starting from the 12th September 2022.

Images: Stef Bravin

an image, when javascript is unavailable

  • Motorcycles
  • Car of the Month
  • Destinations
  • Men’s Fashion
  • Watch Collector
  • Art & Collectibles
  • Vacation Homes
  • Celebrity Homes
  • New Construction
  • Home Design
  • Electronics
  • Fine Dining
  • Les Marquables de Martell
  • Mira Villas
  • Panther National
  • Reynolds Lake Oconee
  • Wynn Las Vegas
  • 672 Wine Club
  • Sports & Leisure
  • Health & Wellness
  • Best of the Best
  • The Ultimate Gift Guide

Boat of the Week: This Historic 325-Foot Superyacht Hosted JFK, Winston Churchill, and Elizabeth Taylor

Christina o , owned by aristotle onassis, has a rich past that includes visits by prime ministers and presidents, love affairs with famous opera singers, and 42 phone lines. it is now available for charter., julia zaltzman, julia zaltzman's most recent stories.

  • This Boatmaker Builds 1960s-Inspired Cruisers With a Modern Twist. Here’s How.
  • This 150-Foot Fishing Trawler Was Transformed Into a Rugged Explorer Yacht
  • These 3 Miniature Explorer Yachts Are Ready to Take You Off-Grid
  • Share This Article

Related Stories

  • Tesla’s Cybertruck Inspired This New Solar-Powered Trailer
  • McLaren Just Unveiled the World’s Most Powerful Street-Legal E-Bikes
  • This New 164-Foot Superyacht Will Use Methanol Fuel Cells to Produce Emissions-Free Power

Aristotle Onassis's Christina O is an historic superyacht that has hosted many powerful dignitaries and Hollywood stars over the years.

It wasn’t always a glamorous superyacht . The vessel started out as Canadian Navy Frigate,  HMCS Stormont , built in 1943 by Vickers of Montreal. It played an active role in World War II. In 1952, Onassis acquired it for $34,000 as part of a block purchase of ten ships that he intended to convert into a fleet of whaling vessels. When plans fell through, he kept Stormont for himself, spending $4 million (or about $46 million in today’s dollars) to convert it into a luxury superyacht—the first true gigayacht. He lengthened the hull by 29 feet and named it Christina after his daughter.

No expense was spared for its rebirth. Powered by steam engines that delivered a top speed of 21 knots, the yacht was equipped with five fast launches, a glass-bottomed boat for underwater observation, a small dinghy, two kayaks, a Fiat 500, and a five-seater Piaggio P.136L-2. (This was the same seaplane that crashed in 1973, killing Onassis’s 24-year-old son Alexander.)

Christina was one of the few yachts of its time to have an elevator, not to mention a surgical operating theater with radiography equipment. The mosaiced swimming pool also broke molds, with a minotaur-themed lifting floor that converted into a dance floor.

A close-knit group of Onassis’s friends and family partied alongside powerful figures and stars of the silver screen, including Marilyn Monroe, Margot Fonteyn, Frank Sinatra, the Rockefellers, the Rothschilds and Paul Getty. Ex-King Farouk of Egypt referred to the yacht as “the height of opulence.” The guests were entertained in reception lounges that are now famous with whispered stories.

The wood-paneled Jackie O Lapis Lounge on the main deck—named after a lapis-lazuli fireplace rumored to have cost a princely sum of one dollar per square centimeter—is stocked with rare books and a self-playing electric piano. The fake El Grecos that Onassis hung during his ownership—“If people want to believe they are authentic, why spoil their pleasure,” he once quipped—have been switched for real masterpieces by Renoir, Le Corbusier and Chirico.

Adjacent is Ari’s Bar where orca teeth serve as armrests for stools and are engraved with scenes from Homer’s The Iliad and The Odyssey . Wood from a sunken Spanish galleon was used for the bar. On the walls hang portraits of John Wayne, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, all guests aboard the boat.

Christina was also a place where Onassis conducted business, thanks to the network of 42 telephone lines across the boat. John F. Kennedy and Winston Churchill had their first encounter on the yacht. Britain’s wartime Prime Minister enjoyed eight voyages between 1958 and 1965 and was the only guest for whom Onassis gave up his own suite. The Library is named in his honor.

The 16 additional guest cabins are named after and inspired by Greek islands. The Ithaca suite was Christina’s cabin, which she surrendered to Greta Garbo, Maria Callas and Jackie Kennedy (prior to her marriage to Onassis in 1975) whenever they visited. They each feature wood, marble and gold bathroom fittings. The pastel color schemes were selected by Jackie O, who was renowned for her restoration of the White House.

Maria Callas embarked on a nine-year-long love affair with Onassis in 1959. The Maria Callas Lounge contains her original grand Steinway piano. Her wedding rings from her first marriage and a solid silver Tiffany dish presented to her by JFK are displayed by the entrance, and the entire collection of her operatic recordings are available to play. For film nights, there is a remote-controlled projector.

After Onassis’ death in 1975, his daughter gifted the boat to the Greek government and a slow deterioration ensued. In 1999, a new owner, Onassis family friend John Paul Papanicolaou, undertook a sizable refit estimated at $50 million that replaced 65 percent of the steel hull. He also renamed the vessel Christina O .

Subsequent refit work from 2016 to 2018 added an aft deck bimini system and a boarding platform for easier guest transfers. Two sets of Vosper stabilizer fins were installed, along with cold rooms, an incineration chamber and garbage compactor for the lower deck galley. A split-level Jacuzzi deck now overlooks a bar and large dining table with intricate marquetry inlays depicting the tales of Ulysses.

Aristotle Onassis's Christina O is an historic superyacht that has hosted many powerful dignitaries and Hollywood stars over the years.

A pair of restored mahogany HackerCraft tenders sit alongside original features, such as the circular staircase with its onyx and silver handrail, vintage wall lights and leather settees.

The vessel has recently been a case of life imitating art. Christina O played a starring role in the Netflix series  The Crown and 2022 comedy  Triangle of Sadness . The 1956 wedding reception held on board for Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly was echoed in 2019 when supermodel Heidi Klum was married on board. Most recently, Rupert Murdoch chartered the yacht in July for a family reunion in Positano, Italy.

Other amenities include a spa with two full-time therapists forming part of the 38 crew and a chest of water toys, including an inflatable slide and Flyboard. Those weren’t toys that were available when Onassis acquired the vessel and turned it into a superyacht, but one imagines he would’ve approved.

Christina O can be chartered around $768,500 per week with Morley Yachts.

Click here to see more images of Christina O.

my christina yacht photos

Read More On:

  • Christina O

More Marine

K Superyacht Concept

This New 131-Foot Superyacht Concept Brings High Architecture to the High Seas

ISA Yachts Viper 120

ISA Unveils a Trio of Sleek New Superyachts

WiderCat 92

Wider Yachts Is Debuting a 92-Foot Hybrid Catamaran at the Venice Boat Show—Here’s a First Look

An orca in the ocean

Killer Whales Sunk a 50-Foot Sailing Yacht in the Strait of Gibraltar

magazine cover

Culinary Masters 2024

MAY 17 - 19 Join us for extraordinary meals from the nation’s brightest culinary minds.

Give the Gift of Luxury

Latest Galleries in Marine

K Superyacht Concept

K Superyacht in Photos

Superyacht Home by Heesen

Meet ‘Home,’ the Sleek 164-Foot Superyacht That Starred in ‘Below Deck’

More from our brands, max mara resort 2025 show’s location revealed – and it doesn’t get more venetian than this, no a’s in attendance: oakland trails a whopping 553 u.s. teams, it’s time for wine and discussion as german films celebrates 70th anniversary at cannes: ‘we have to be even more daring’, artist joseph awuah-darko accuses kehinde wiley of sexual assault, the best yoga mats for any practice, according to instructors.

Quantcast

Yacht Bible | The Superyacht and Luxury Yacht Directory

The Stunning Ritz Carlton EVRIMA Yacht

zipper boat

Gliding Across Tokyo’s Sumida River: The Mesmerizing Zipper Boat

0L5A3460xGJH.jpg

CROCUS Yacht: An 48 Meter Beauty by Admiral

phi yacht 3

PHI Yacht – Royal Huisman’s $45 Million Superyacht

  • Zuretti Interior Design
  • Zuretti Interior
  • Zuccon International Project
  • Ziyad al Manaseer
  • Zaniz Interiors. Kutayba Alghanim
  • Yuriy Kosiuk
  • Yuri Milner
  • Yersin Yacht

christina o yacht front

  • Superyachts

CHRISTINA O Yacht – Paradise-like $40M Superyacht

Conceptualized by Aristotle Onassis, a Greek shipping magnate, the Christina O entertained the stars of the 20th century.

Onassis hosted the likes of Winston Churchill, Grace Kelly, and Elizabeth Taylor. The $40 million yacht hosted legendary parties, scandals, and luxury on the first personal yacht.

christina o yacht front 2

CHRISTINA O yacht interior

After World War II, Onassis bought the River-class frigate and spent $4 million converting the vessel into a luxurious superyacht named after his daughter.

The opulence reflected his tastes, with a Minotaur-themed mosaic swimming pool that could be raised into a dance floor once drained.

Ari’s Bar had barstools upholstered with the foreskins of whales, with whales’ teeth as the footrests and ivory armrests.

The bathrooms were in marble, and the fittings were in gold. The fireplace in the famous Lapis Lazuli lounge was encrusted in lapis lazuli.

Illustrator Ludwig Bemelmans designed and painted the children’s dining room. When Onassis died, his daughter donated the boat to the Greek government, which let the masterpiece go to rot.

In 1999, she was bought back from the Greek government by John Paul Papanicolaou and completely gutted.

The CHRISTINA O yacht was refitted with replicas of the lavish features Onassis was so proud of. The interior of the yacht reflects an English country manor house style.

During the refit, more accommodation was added to the vessel. The staterooms are smaller compared to 21st-century yachts. CHRISTINA O has a master suite and 17 passenger staterooms.

She can accommodate 34 guests on board and 39 crew. A spiral staircase connects the many indoor and outdoor living spaces.

She lacks the indoor boat storage that is now standard on superyachts, but she has many living areas, and the deck space is very generous.

She also features a glass-paneled gym, a music room, and other luxury amenities. The compass deck features areas for lounging and sunbathing, while the deck below, called the promenade deck, had an aft spa pool and dining area.

She also has a tender garage filled with toys for fun on the water.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is christina-o-yacht-evening-view-1024x1024.jpg

CHRISTINA O yacht exterior

Canadian Vickers built the CHRISTINA O yacht in 1943. She served in Normandy during WWII but later became a surplus relic.

Onassis bought the vessel for her scrap value. Onassis charged the Howaldt Shipyard in Germany with creating the lavish personal yacht.

Caesar Pinnau, a German professor of architecture, created classic lines and a high stern for the new and improved CHRISTINA O.

The classic yellow funnel remains to this day. While the yacht retains some of her rugged exteriors, she appears low-slung and eye-catching in the water.

christina o yacht side image

CHRISTINA O yacht specifications

With a length of 99.1m, the CHRISTINA O yacht has a beam of 11.12m and a draft of 4.24m.

She has a volume of 1802 gross tons; she has a top speed of 19 knots and a cruising speed of 14 knots. Her MAN engines give her a range of 5000 nautical miles.

She was one of the first boats to fit an onboard stabilization system for guests’ comfort.

Do you have anything to add to this listing?

  • Apostolos Molindris & Associates
  • Caesar Pinnau
  • Canadian Vickers
  • Ivor Fitzpatrick

Love Yachts? Join us.

Related posts.

go yacht

GO Yacht – Prestigious $90 M Superyacht

wheels yacht front side 1

WHEELS Yacht – Elegant $75M Superyacht

96542863

TM BLUE ONE Yacht – Captivating $15 M Superyacht

50756001 1046662055517752 5579898863665708185 n 1

  • Most Popular

SuRi Yacht – Extraordinary $45M – Superyacht

my christina yacht photos

Find anything, super fast.

  • Destinations
  • Documentaries

my christina yacht photos

Christina O

Motor Yacht

Mega yacht Christina O is the epitome of elegance and luxury and embodies the legend that was Aristotle Onassis. In her original heyday, motor yacht Christina O defined a new category in luxury yachting and hosted some of the world’s most glittering personalities such as Sir Winston Churchill, John F.Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, John Wayne and countless others.

Originally built in 1943 for use as a Canadian convoy escort, Christina O came into her own when Onassis purchased her in 1954 and converted the sumptuous megayacht at the expense of over US $4m. Christina O became Onassis’ floating mansion and headquarters for over two decades until his death in 1975. Christina Onassis, namesake of the vessel and Aristotle’s daughter, donated her to the Greek government in 1978 where she fell into disrepair. A close family friend purchased Christina O in 1998 and financed an extensive refurbishment and re-powering which has helped restore this incredible yacht to her former glory with the addition of all the latest technology and equipment.

Chartering luxury megayacht Christina O is a spectacular opportunity for those who desire a cruising holiday with the utmost of style and comfort. Christina O’s capacious deck can host up to 250 guests beneath extensive canopies, perfect for a special occasion or one-off corporate incentive. Retaining a dazzling atmosphere of opulence, many photographs and original items from her early days when her guests and cruising destinations were regularly reported in the news.

Christina O boasts eighteen exquisite en-suite cabins, fourteen of which can be configured for either double or twin beds and 10 of which lie forward on the main deck while the remaining eight are housed aft on the cabin deck. The cabins all have an en-suite shower room and are connected by an elegant marble-railed spiral staircase that covers three decks. The Onassis suite is situated on the bridge deck and holds a spacious bathroom with Jacuzzi tub and a private en-suite lounge. The intricate detailing throughout this incredible yacht, from its excess of precious inlay and Baccarat wall lights, is sure to astound.

Other amenities onboard Christina O includes the following: the Galaxy Bar and extensive sunbathing decks on the Compass deck, show lounge, library, massage and beauty salon, children’s playroom, fitness centre, sports lounge and large Jacuzzi on the Promenade deck, ‘Rendezvous’ music lounge, impressive interior dining room, Ari’s Bar, Lapis Lounge and the famous swimming pool whose floor is a replication of the ancient mosaic of Knossos and converts to a dance floor located on the Main deck.

Christina O is available for charter in the Mediterranean for the summer season and the Caribbean and Bahamas during the winter season.

  • Yacht Builder Canadian Vickers No profile available
  • Exterior Designer Caesar Pinnau No profile available
  • Interior Designer Apostolos Molindris & Associates No profile available

Yacht Specs

Other canadian vickers yacht, related news.

Logo

CHRISTINA O YACHT PHOTOS

More About CHRISTINA O

CHRISTINA O Yacht Photos & Gallery

View the CHRISTINA O yacht photos below. Browsing the images will transport you to this distinctive luxury custom yacht, where you’ll discover her unique and brilliantly appointed accommodations and exterior spaces. Launched in 1943 by luxury yacht builder Canadian Vickers, with exterior styling and lines by Caesar Pinnau and her interior design by Apostolos Molindris. She is well equipped for a yacht of her size, sleeping up to 34 guests in 17 staterooms, with 38 crew.

Page Contents

  • Photo Gallery

CHRISTINA O yacht sale interior tour

Download PDF Brochure ,

CHRISTINA O yacht sale interior tour

Download PDF Brochure

Contact: Merle Wood & Associates | web(Contact us at)merlewood.com | +1.954.525.5111

* Not offered for sale or charter to U.S. residents while in U.S. waters unless under a boat show bond or in an FTZ.

Interior & Exterior CHRISTINA O Yacht Photos

The CHRISTINA O yacht photos showcase details that can only be found on a luxury yacht of this caliber. From marble-laden en suites, to immaculate furnishings and custom millwork – all of these select attributes come together to form 325 ft / 99.1 m of floating luxury travel. Accommodating 34 guests, each stateroom is inviting, comfortable, and features opulent accoutrements to meet all your needs. Enjoy quiet relaxation in the main salon or skylounge, and put your feet up as you take in the views.

Interested In The CHRISTINA O Yacht

Luxury Yacht Brochure

CHRISTINA O YACHT INFO

yachting price yacht for sale charter yacht

CHRISTINA O YACHT PRICE

Specification Yacht For Sale Yacht For Charter

CHRISTINA O YACHT SPECS

Yacht location of a luxury yacht for sale and yacht for charter

CHRISTINA O YACHT LOCATION

For additional information, select one of the options above. Here you will find more detailed information about the CHRISTINA O yacht. To see if the CHRISTINA O yacht is offered for charter and the weekly rate, view the  CHRISTINA O yacht charter price .

Please Inquire About CHRISTINA O Yacht Photos

In the event there are no CHRISTINA O yacht photos or to request additional photos, please inquire. The experts at Merle Wood & Associates have relationships with yacht owners and captains of the most notable luxury yachts on the water, including those not publicly advertised. For further information, including a custom yacht report, simply contact a yacht broker at Merle Wood & Associates. Our expert team of yacht specialists offer more than 250 years of combined experience representing yachts for sale, both luxury motor yachts and sailing yachts, worldwide.

  • 1-954-525-5111
  • web(Contact us at)merlewood.com
  •   About us

I'm interested in:

Chartering a yacht Buying a yacht Selling a yacht Charter marketing Building a yacht Other

Please leave this field empty.

More Yachts For Sale & For Charter

CHRISTINA O Yacht Photos and Video

The CHRISTINA O yacht photos & video have been compiled and arranged to provide our visitors the most current and accurate content for the luxury yacht CHRISTINA O. If you would like to report an error or have additional photos or video, of the CHRISTINA O , please contact our luxury yacht intelligence team .

At Merle Wood & Associates, we focus on providing the best user experience throughout our website for our visitors. We achieve this by using cookies, which store a little information from your browser. If you would like to learn more, please see our privacy and cookies policy .

Share this page

logo

  • Yacht Search
  • Charter a Yacht
  • Buy A Yacht
  • Build a Yacht
  • Sell a Yacht

merle wood and associates yacht brokerage yachts for sale and yacht for charter logo

Your Name (required)

Your Message

Please call me Please email me

Your Phone (required)

CANCEL Please leave this field empty.

my christina yacht photos

Yachts for Sale

Selling a Yacht

Tenders    &    Toys

Recent Sales

my christina yacht photos

NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN

my christina yacht photos

Yachts for Charter

Destinations

Experiences

Charter Management

Charter Guide

Yacht Marketing

How to Charter

my christina yacht photos

Superyacht Management

Crew Structure

Crew Management

my christina yacht photos

THE WELLESLEY

Superyacht Construction

New Yachts for Sale

Yacht Design

Yacht Shipyards

Custom Construction

Built on Trust

my christina yacht photos

Heesen 55m Steel

my christina yacht photos

Benetti Oasis

Yacht Shows

News & Blog

my christina yacht photos

CHRISTINA O Yacht for Charter

1943 / 2020

Overview | Exterior | Interior | Accommodation | Photos | Layout | Price

CHRISTINA O Yacht Photos

Browse the entire photo gallery of the yacht and discover all the spaces she offers for your luxury trip. 

ENQUIRE ABOUT CHRISTINA O

Contact our charter brokers about chartering this yacht. 

Related Yachts

my christina yacht photos

27m | Horizon | 2019

my christina yacht photos

25m | Oyster Yachts | 2015

my christina yacht photos

34m | Royal Huisman | 2000

DESTINATIONS

my christina yacht photos

YACHTS FOR SALE

YACHTS FOR CHARTER

CHARTER MANAGEMENT

[email protected]  

+377 97 77 67 57

SEO by The Agency

my christina yacht photos

Yachts for sale

Selling a yacht

Recent Sale

REQUEST BROCHURE

Leave us your contact details and our team will be in touch shortly to provide you with your quick request.

REQUEST AVAILABILITY

Request layout, request itineraries.

Subscribe to our newsletter to receive our latest offers, news and the finest selection of superyachts.

THANKS FOR YOUR ENQUIRY

TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR CHARTER AND OUR TEAM WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH A RELEVANT YACHT SELECTION.

Christina Hall Reunites With Ex Tarek El Moussa—and Twins With His Wife Heather in New Video

Christina hall and her ex tarek el moussa starred in a spoof video that poked fun at her similarities with his wife heather rae el moussa: "i guess you’re not the only ones confused.".

Christina Hall and Tarek El Moussa are flipping the narrative on their rumored feud.

The  Flip or Flop  alums—who were married for nine years before their 2016 breakup —proved that they have no bad blood when they reunited in a hilarious video featuring Tarek's wife, Heather Rae El Moussa . In an May 14 instagram post , Christina and Heather twinned in matching black tops and ripped jeans as they played dumb with their own identities.

"Hi, I'm Christina," Heather quipped, prompting the Christina on the Coast star to introduce herself as Heather. "Wait, that's not right."

As two started twirling their blonde hair around their fingers, Christina sarcastically remarked, "It must be all that bleach."

Not one to miss out on the fun, Tarek then popped into frame, joking, "Well, I guess it is confusing."

The Flipping 101 host added in the caption of the post, in which he tagged both Christina and Heather, "I guess you're not the only ones confused."

And Tarek's friends and followers couldn't get enough of seeing him poke fun at online chatter surrounding his relationships with his ex Christina—with whom he shares daughter Taylor , 13, and son  Brayden , 8—and his wife Heather, who gave birth to son Tristan in February 2023.

"I love this," Bachelor Nation's Hannah Ann Sluss commented, while Heather's Selling Sunset costar Chrishell Stause called the trio's friendly dynamic "iconic." 

Indeed, Christina and Tarek have come a long way since their divorce. Though they've  had rough spots in the past , the former couple have put their differences aside in recent years, forming a united front along with Heather and Christina's third husband  Josh Hall  as coparents. (Christina was also married to Ant Anstead , with whom she shares 4-year-old son Hudson , from 2018 to 2021.)

"The best thing that happened to me in my life, and the worst thing, was her leaving," Tarek—who  struggled with anxiety, panic attacks and depression  toward the end of his marriage to Christina— told E! News  earlier this year, while reflecting their divorce. "Because it forced me to completely rebuild my life."

Trending Stories

Chiefs ceo's wife and daughter respond to harrison butker controversy, travis kelce cheekily reveals how he's changed over the past year, cassie's lawyer responds after diddy breaks silence on assault video.

View this post on Instagram A post shared by Tarek El Moussa (@therealtarekelmoussa)

He added, "Enough time has passed to where all the anger and rage and the negative thoughts, I feel like they're finally gone."

For a deep dive into the Christina and Tarek's family tree, keep reading.

Christina and Tarek welcome their first child together on Sept. 22, 2010.

Following their divorce, the pair have continued to co-parent their daughter, who Christina has described as an "old soul who one minute can talk super deep about life and then quickly go back to being a kid."

"Her greatest ability is being able to start a conversation with anyone, anywhere," she said of Taylor. "Fun, smart, athletic, HAPPY, and always keeping us on our toes."

Christina and Tarek welcomed their second child together on Aug. 20, 2015.

In addition to their oldest child Taylor, the two have continued to co-parent Brayden after their divorce. In the past, Tarek has described their son as "a ball of energy" and the "sweetest boy with the biggest heart."

"No words can describe how much brighter this boy makes my day," Tarek shared . "I feel blessed every single day to be his and Tay's dad and raising him and seeing him grow up makes me the happiest dad alive."

Almost a year after announcing her split from Tarek, Christina started dating Ant, a TV presenter from England, in October 2017. The two went public with their relationship in January 2018—the same month Christina's divorce from Tarek was finalized—and tied the knot in a winter-themed wedding at their home in Newport Beach, Calif., on Dec. 22, 2018.

Christina and Ant—who is dad to daughter Amelie  and son Archie  with his first wife Louise Storey —welcomed their first child together, son Hudson , in 2019.

The couple were married for less than two years before announcing their separation in September 2020. Their divorce was finalized nine months later.

Since the split, Ant has moved on with actress Renée Zellweger .

Christina and Ant welcomed their son on Sept. 6, 2019. At the time, the baby boy arrived weighing 7 pounds, 7 ounces and measured at 19.5 inches long.

Though they agreed on shared legal and physical custody of Hudson when their  divorce was finalized  in June 2021, Ant  filed for full custody  in April 2022, claiming in court documents that his ex spends roughly "9 full days" with their child each month.

In response to the filing, Christina told E! News, "What Ant is doing deeply saddens me. If this was really about Hudson, as he says, this should have been handled privately with a private judge or mediation, as myself and my attorney have suggested. I have had my share of ups and downs but I am a good mom and I love my children with all my heart and I will always protect them."  

Heather Rae Young, Tarek's Second Wife

Tarek met the Selling Sunset star on the Fourth of July in 2019, when they were partying on boats that had docked next to each other at a marina in Newport Beach, Calif. Later that month, the pair were spotted kissing on a yacht and Tarek confirmed to E! News they were dating that August, saying, "I never thought I'd say this word again, but this beautiful young lady, Heather Rae, is my girlfriend, officially."

The couple got engaged in July 2020 and became husband and wife on Oct. 23, 2021, exchanging vows during a romantic outdoor ceremony near Santa Barbara, Calif.

Heather has often referred to herself as the "bonus mom" of Tarek's two older children, Taylor and Brayden. "I already feel like I have two kids," she previously explained to E! News. "I'm raising Tarek's babies, and we have them 50 percent of the time. I am such a good bonus mommy . I adore those kids. I raise them like they're mine."

After calling it quits with her second husband Ant, Christina began dating Josh in 2021. The pair went public with their relationship that July, with Christina revealing that they had been together for "a few solid months."

According to the Flip or Flop star, she met Josh, a licensed realtor, that spring at a time in her life when she "wasn't in a state of fear or fight-or-flight" and had "taken time off social, hired a spiritual coach and smoked a Bufo toad " to "reset" her brain. 

Christina and Josh  got engaged that September and by April 2022, a source confirmed to E! News that the duo married in a private ceremony .

Tristan Jay El Moussa, Tarek and Heather's Son

Tarek and Heather welcomed their son on Jan. 31, 2023 . At the time, the baby boy arrived weighing 7 pounds, 7 ounces.

He was named Tristan because "Tarek was supposed to be named Tristan," according to Heather, "and his parents ended up naming him Tarek."

His middle name is a nod to Heather's dad.

Though Josh's relationship with Christina pushed him into the spotlight, his sisters found fame way back in the aughts.

Stacie—or "Stacie the Bartender" as some fans remember her—was famously the target of Spencer Pratt 's flirtations on The Hills . She has also appeared on  Vanderpump Rules , most notably on season three as one of the bridesmaids in Scheana Shay 's bridesmaids.

As for Jessica, the former Playboy model also made appearances on The Hills , as well as  The Girls Next Door , Kendra , Kendra on Top and Kendra Sells Hollywood in support her best friend  Kendra Wilkinson .

The older sister of Tarek, Angelique is the owner of Latitude 33 Hair Artistry in Anaheim, Calif. She purchased one of Tarek and Christina's flipped homes on an episode of Flip or Flop in 2014 and later  filmed a digital series with her HGTV host bro in 2019.

Tarek's mother Dominique is no longer with the Flipping 101 star's father, whose name he has never publicly shared. She is currently married to Robert, who describes the El Moussa matriarch as "the love of my life" on Instagram.

Tarek has never shared his father's name, though in a November 2017 Facebook post he announced that his "old man" had turned 70 years old.

"The relationship between a father and his children is so important. I was lucky enough to have a supportive and motivating father that made me believe I could accomplish anything in the world," he captioned a picture of the family's birthday celebrations for the patriarch. "I can say that I wouldn't be where I am today without the support of my dad. I will take all the lessons I've learned from him and pass it on to my children."

In an interview with Country Living , Tarek said his father was "raised Catholic in the Middle East in Lebanon and then Egypt" and met his mother, who is from Belgium, in Europe as a teen.

While Christina has not publicly revealed her parents' identities, she has given glimpses into how her children interact with their grandparents. In 2019, she shared in an Instagram post that " we all sit together —my family and Tarek's family" when they watch Taylor perform at her school's annual Christmas concert.

"A couple people acknowledged how nice this is- I know there are a lot of divorced couples (including Tarek's mom and dad) who do this too and it's honestly easier for everyone," she wrote at the time. "Plus Taylor's face lights up when she sees us all in the same row supporting her."

Inside Tom Cruise's Relationship With Kids Isabella, Connor and Suri

American idol season 22 winner revealed.

M/Y Christina

M/Y Christina

Sit back on the deck and enjoy cruising the Nile River

Motor Yatch Christina

I spent a night in Panama's richest neighborhood, often called a 'little Dubai' or the 'Miami of Latin America'

  • Punta Pacifica is Panama City's most expensive neighborhood.
  • The neighborhood has man-made islands, private marinas, and penthouses worth $5 million.
  • I stayed at the five-star JW Marriott Panama and experienced the neighborhood's luxury firsthand.

Insider Today

Duncan McGowan describes Panama City's Ocean Reef Islands as "perfection."

The landscaping is manicured flawlessly, never a leaf or branch out of place. You'd have to hunt to find trash anywhere on the islands, and instead, you're more likely to notice bird songs filling the air.

Looking one way, all you see is the endless ocean. Turn around, and there's a stunning cityscape behind you, McGowan, the president of Punta Pacifica Realty , told Business Insider.

The Ocean Reef Islands are part of Panama's Punta Pacifica neighborhood, and that perfection is exactly what Panama's wealthiest residents seek.

On a recent trip to the country, I saw the opulence that residents chase across Punta Pacifica, Panama's wealthiest neighborhood.

I landed in Panama City, snapped skyline pictures, and texted my friends that I had arrived. Immediately, one pointed out how the city resembled Miami.

my christina yacht photos

I spent my first night in Casco Viejo, Panama City's old town. From the coast, I could look out onto Punta Pacifica, where a grouping of tall buildings reached out to the clouds.

My friend's initial thoughts about Punta Pacifica aren't uncommon. McGowan said people always compare Punta Pacifica to dense cities like Miami, New York City, and Dubai. Central America Living refers to the neighborhood as a "mini-Dubai," and The New York Times said in 2014 that Punta Pacifica is "often called the Miami of Latin America."

The comparisons made sense. All three cities are home to impressive skyscrapers and coastlines. And since Punta Pacifica is home to the Ocean Reef Islands, which were man-made in the early 2000s, it's easy to see how it's grouped with Dubai.

But McGowan said that they are vastly different destinations.

"It resembles all of them, but it has its own flavor," McGowan said. "I think Panama City and Punta Pacifica have matured enough now that it doesn't have to be compared. It stands on its own."

The next day, I headed to Punta Pacifica.

my christina yacht photos

Three decades ago, Punta Pacifica didn't exist.

Created in the early 2000s, a company that built one of Panama City's major highways earned the rights to develop 86 acres of landfill and 73 acres of mainland along an area of the city's coast known today as Punta Pacifica.

McGowan, who has worked in Panama's real-estate market for nearly two decades, said it was designed as a luxury area from the start, and living in Punta Pacifica can come at a steep price.

The neighborhood is home to more than a dozen condominiums and apartment complexes, which can range in price. On the lower end, McGowan said residents can expect to pay around $2,200 a square meter, while prime real estate can cost $7,000 a square meter.

A quick search on Punta Pacifica Realty or Panama Realtor shows one-bedroom apartments for sale at $200,000 and luxury penthouses for as much as $5 million .

I spent a night in the neighborhood's famous TOC building.

my christina yacht photos

One building stands out in Punta Pacifica's skyline with its sail-like shape: the TOC building.

Today, TOC stands for The Ocean Club, but ask anyone in Panama, and they know it by its former name, the Trump Ocean Club.

The Trump Organization wasn't the building developer; local developer Roger Khafif was. However, the Associated Press reported that the Trump name was licensed to the building to increase its credibility and notoriety.

It became Ivanka Trump's business project in 2006, according to NBC , and since its opening in 2011, the building's history has been riddled with scandals. An NBC and Reuters investigation found that many of the property's brokers, customers, and investors were tied to drug trafficking and international crime.

In 2015, the AP reported that "concerns about overspending and transparency" led the Trump management company to be forced out after a vote by condo owners and board members. However, the Trump Organization refused to accept the vote and claimed that it quit instead. Along with that announcement, the Trump Organization demanded a $5 million termination fee, according to the outlet.

In 2018, the AP reported that Marriott International took over management and renamed it The Ocean Club to keep its TOC branding.

Today, the 70-story building is one of the largest mixed-use buildings in Panama.

my christina yacht photos

The building includes the JW Marriott Panama and its 369 hotel rooms, along with about 630 condos, McGowan said.

It's the neighborhood's only five-star hotel. In addition to the hotel rooms and condos, the building is home to a casino, a handful of restaurants, real-estate offices, a spa, a gym, and multiple salons.

I spent a night in an executive suite at the JW Marriott and experienced Punta Pacifica's opulence firsthand.

my christina yacht photos

A night at the JW Marriott felt like the ideal way to experience Panama's richest neighborhood. So, at 4 p.m., I arrived at the skyscraper and headed to the hotel's lobby on floor 16.

I received a key to my suite and headed to floor 31. Golden light cast across the room as I stepped inside. The suite had an open concept, with a shower and bathtub looking to Panama City's skyline.

According to TripAdvisor, standard rooms typically cost between $193 and $290 for a night. BI received a media rate for the room.

The same views could be seen from the king-size bed.

my christina yacht photos

The suite was spacious, with two of the room's four walls lined with windows. A loveseat, table, and desk filled one area of the room. In another corner, a king-size bed called my name.

A balcony faced hundreds of condos and a sliver of ocean.

my christina yacht photos

While TOC might be the most recognizable building in Punta Pacifica, it's far from the only condominium in the neighborhood.

A large balcony in my hotel room was just a few hundred feet away from other balconies. Below me, I spotted a bright blue pool, a parking garage, and a playground for the neighborhood children.

Hotel guests have access to amenities like a gym and spa. Plus, they can access other parts of the building, like the casino on the top floors.

my christina yacht photos

Before the sun sank below the horizon, Moises Muñoz, the international sales manager at the JW Marriott Panama, gave me a tour of the building.

He compared it to a cruise ship, where everything you need is in one place.

We explored the commercial area downstairs, where real-estate offices, restaurants, salons, and businesses are located.

Inside the hotel, there's a spa and gym, which both hotel and condo guests can use. The Marriott is also home to the restaurant Masi and a Cava 15, a bar designed in conjunction with Louis Vuitton, Muñoz said.

The most impressive part was the infinity pools with seamless views out onto the ocean.

my christina yacht photos

While luxury details such as a glass elevator and executive lounge heightened the stay, the most impressive part of the hotel was its two infinity pools.

Later that evening, I dined on fresh ceviche at the hotel's restaurant Masi.

my christina yacht photos

While it was tempting to order room service and dine on my meal from the luxury of my executive suite, the lush oasis at the hotel's Masi restaurant called my name.

The restaurant serves Panamanian and Latin American cuisine. I ordered a trio of different ceviches alongside a pumpkin dish. Each bite had the ideal balance of citrusy and fresh flavors.

Before I went to bed that night, I noticed that only a handful of the hundreds of condos had their lights on.

my christina yacht photos

McGowan explained that many of Punta Pacifica's condo owners don't live there year-round. Instead, it's a second, third, or even fourth home for the residents.

They might escape to Punta Pacifica during the winter or stay for a few weeks at a time. McGowan also added that most of Punta Pacifica's residents are foreigners.

McGowan said that even with its past, The Ocean Club is still one of the most luxurious condominium towers in the country.

my christina yacht photos

McGowan said the building remains one of Punta Pacifica's luxury staples, adding that owning a condo there is like living in a high-end hotel.

Later, I explored the rest of the neighborhood.

my christina yacht photos

Stepping outside the hotel, it was impossible to know the ocean was just a few hundred feet away. Instead, nearly every direction was filled with skyscrapers.

As I explored the small neighborhood, I spotted just a handful of stores and restaurants.

my christina yacht photos

I covered most of the neighborhood in less than an hour. Along the way, I spotted dog parks with designer pooches, pristine playgrounds for children, and lobbies with spiraling staircases and impressive chandeliers.

It was clear that the area oozed wealth.

McGowan said that while it's a dense area, it often feels like a quiet neighborhood.

my christina yacht photos

"I love this neighborhood," McGowan said. "I don't think I would move to another neighborhood in Panama City. This is the neighborhood I consider home."

Punta Pacifica has everything McGowan needs. There are stores, some of the city's top restaurants, and the ocean just around the corner. Everything is within walking distance, and McGowan has gotten to know his neighbors there.

"I bought myself a new car in August. I was driving it yesterday morning, and when I looked the car had 2,100 kilometers on it," he said.

And if he does need to drive, McGowan said Punta Pacifica is close to other popular areas in Panama. You're a short drive to Casco Viejo and other downtown parts of Panama City.

To wrap up my exploration, I headed to the most luxurious part of Punta Pacifica: the Ocean Reef Islands.

my christina yacht photos

A short, narrow bridge leads to two small artificial islands, where the most expensive properties in Punta Pacifica are located.

"Ocean Reef Islands, today, is Panama's most expensive neighborhood in price per square meter," McGowan said, adding that the average price per square meter there is $7,000.

The man-made islands cater to Panama's ultrawealthy residents.

my christina yacht photos

According to The New York Times , Empresas ICA announced plans to construct the two islands in 1998, around the same time the creation of Punta Pacifica was announced. Grupo Los Pueblos, a Panamanian company, was hired by Empresas ICA as the project's developer.

The project was largely completed in 2016, McGowan said.

"It is more expensive because they had to create the islands," McGowan said. "So the land itself has more value."

My walk was cut short; only residents and guests could enter the islands. McGowan painted a picture of the area for me.

my christina yacht photos

He said the two islands have a slightly different feel because they're zoned differently.

One island is predominantly zoned for homes, while the second has more condominiums with taller buildings.

Currently, McGowan said the developers are in the last stage of the project, which is building the commercial component of Ocean Reef. This will include stores, restaurants, spas, and fitness centers.

These operations are catered to and supported by the island's residents since no one else can visit.

Between the islands is the yacht club and marina, which McGowan called the "jewel of the island." On a typical workday, the marina is teeming with yachts. Come Saturday, however, the island is deserted, with its yacht owners all out exploring nearby islands.

Ultimately, McGowan said the Ocean Reef Islands offer a tropical escape from Panama's bustling city life.

my christina yacht photos

McGowan said stepping onto Ocean Reef Islands is peaceful. There's always a breeze, and bird songs fill the air.

"You really do feel like you're on a tropical island," McGowan said. "But you turn your head and look back to the city and see a massive skyline."

It's the best of both worlds, McGowan said.

Between yacht clubs and infinity pools, a night in Punta Pacifica highlighted how the city's wealthy live.

my christina yacht photos

After less than 24 hours in the neighborhood, I tasted fresh ceviche, swam in the most luxurious pool of my life, and saw impressive condos people spent years dreaming of.

It's easy to see how this neighborhood earned its reputation as the Miami of Panama, but just as McGowan said, the neighborhood is truly its own unique oasis.

And you have to visit to experience it.

my christina yacht photos

  • Main content

IMAGES

  1. MY Christina O 99.13m (1943)

    my christina yacht photos

  2. Yacht Christina O: the most iconic superyacht to charter in the world?

    my christina yacht photos

  3. Gallery

    my christina yacht photos

  4. Experience Luxury on Christina Yacht with Yacht Services

    my christina yacht photos

  5. Gallery

    my christina yacht photos

  6. CHRISTINA Yacht Photos

    my christina yacht photos

COMMENTS

  1. CHRISTINA O Yacht Photos

    As Featured In. Interior & exterior photos of CHRISTINA O, the 99m Canadian Vickers mega yacht, designed by Caesar Pinnau with an interior by Apostolos Molindris & Associates.

  2. Christina O

    Christina O is a private motor yacht that once belonged to billionaire Greek shipowner Aristotle Onassis. At 99.13 metres long, she was the 59th largest yacht in the world as of 2022. At 99.13 metres long, she was the 59th largest yacht in the world as of 2022.

  3. In pictures: all aboard iconic superyacht Christina O

    The decks. Ranked 56 in the Top 100 Largest Yachts in the World list, Christina O is the "epitome of elegance and luxury", says Superyachts.com. "Its capacious deck can host up to 250 guests ...

  4. The untold story of Christina O

    Christina O. Twenty-five years ago, one of the world's most famous yachts was restored to its former glory, rescued from a pile of rust. The rebuild smashed records, unearthed some tantalising glimpses into its owner, the late great Aristotle Onassis - and nearly broke naval architect Costas Carabelas. By Daniel Pembrey. STEF BRAVIN. "Big ...

  5. MY Christina O 99.13m (1943)

    The wedding reception of Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly was held on board and the supermodel Heidi Klum recently married her beau on the yacht. However, to fully understand the incredible history of this magnificent 99.13m superyacht, you need to travel back almost a century to her humbler, yet nonetheless impressive, beginnings.

  6. CHRISTINA O Yacht • Ivor Fitzpatrick $40M Superyacht

    As for her technical specifications, the Christina O Yacht is powered by MAN engines, boasting a max speed of 20 knots and a cruising speed of 14 knots, with a range of more than 3,000 nm. However, it's her luxurious interior that truly sets her apart. Capable of accommodating 34 guests and a crew of 39, this luxury yacht houses an outdoor ...

  7. The real story behind the 'Triangle of Sadness' superyacht

    Spending $4 million on a yacht in the years of austerity after the Second World War seemed an act of frivolity by Onassis, but it was shrewd philosophy that underpinned what appeared to be a wasteful extravagance.The Canadian anti-submarine frigate HMCS Stormont, which he bought for its scrap value of $34,000 in 1954, was transformed into Christina O: a pleasure palace that vastly enhanced his ...

  8. MY Christina O 99m (1943)

    The 99.13m Christina O has a unique history like no other yacht in existence. Originally built in 1943 as a frigate by Canadian Vickers, this former war ship was subsequently converted into one of the world's most iconic superyachts under the discerning eye of Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis. Spotting her potential as a fabulous craft ...

  9. Meet 'Christina O,' an Historic Yacht That Hosted JFK and Churchill

    Christina O's mosaic swimming pool is the boat's showpiece, and the scene of many parties of the rich and famous. Courtesy Morley Yachts. It wasn't always a glamorous superyacht. The vessel ...

  10. Christina O Yacht Photos

    Christina O Yacht Photos. Christina O is a motor yacht with a length of 99.15 m.The yacht's builder is Canadian Vickers from Canada who delivered superyacht Christina O in 1943. The superyacht has a beam of 11.1 m, a draft of 4.25 m and a volume of 1802 GT.

  11. CHRISTINA O Yacht

    The CHRISTINA O yacht was refitted with replicas of the lavish features Onassis was so proud of. The interior of the yacht reflects an English country manor house style. During the refit, more accommodation was added to the vessel. The staterooms are smaller compared to 21st-century yachts. CHRISTINA O has a master suite and 17 passenger ...

  12. 99.1m Christina O Superyacht

    Length 99.1m. Year1943. Christina O. 1943. |. Motor Yacht. Mega yacht Christina O is the epitome of elegance and luxury and embodies the legend that was Aristotle Onassis. In her original heyday, motor yacht Christina O defined a new category in luxury yachting and hosted some of the world's most glittering personalities such as Sir Winston ...

  13. Yacht Christina O • Canadian Vickers • 1943 • Photos & Video

    Yacht » Christina O » Photos. Yacht Christina O Photos & Video. Photos and Videos. Yacht Owner Photos Location For Sale & Charter News. Name: Christina O: Length: 99m (325ft) Builder: Canadian Vickers: Year: 1943: Price: US$ 40 million: Owner: Ivor Fitzpatrick: Our Amazing Photo Gallery. Photos by Nicky Canepa. Load more.

  14. Christina O Yacht for Charter

    superyacht events. 06 May 2024. 07 July 2023. 2nd February. 15 March 2024. CHRISTINA O yacht for charter with Fraser. She is an exceptional motor yacht built by Canadian Vickers in 1943 to the highest standards.

  15. Legendary Onassis Yacht 'Christina O' Graces Mykonos

    The legendary luxurious yacht Christina O once owned by Aristotle Onassis. Credit: yachtcharterfleet. The legendary yacht "Onassis O", once belonging to Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis, was spotted in Mykonos over the weekend.. Mykonoslive.tv captured the luxurious private yacht anchored of the main port of the cosmopolitan Greek island which in the 1950's and 1960s hosted a ...

  16. Christina O Yacht Photos

    The CHRISTINA O yacht photos showcase details that can only be found on a luxury yacht of this caliber. From marble-laden en suites, to immaculate furnishings and custom millwork - all of these select attributes come together to form 325 ft / 99.1 m of floating luxury travel. Accommodating 34 guests, each stateroom is inviting, comfortable ...

  17. Yacht Christina O Photo Gallery

    Unbiased independent advice. Global operations base. Financial security. Secure charter contracts. We ensure planning your charter is easy and enjoyable. Why you should choose us... Lavish & opulent 325'/99m CHRISTINA O is a legendary iconic classic yacht for 34 guests in the Caribbean in winter & the Med in summer. Ask us for a quote.

  18. The Christina O, the famous Onassis yacht, now for rent

    See photos of the impressive Christina O, the yacht that Jackie O and Aristotle Onassis owned. For a hefty sum, you can now rent it for your own jet-set parties.

  19. Welcome

    Welcome onboard of M/Y Christina. We proudly present our Yacht Christina.. We can provide a relaxing hour or more, cruising privately, on the Nile River, admiring the typical Egyptian shoreline or the bright city lights at night. We have an accessible dock on the shore of the Nile with all the amenities at hand.

  20. CHRISTINA O Yacht Photos

    Browse all the CHRISTINA O yacht photos and find out more about this charter yacht. SALES. Yachts for Sale. Selling a Yacht. Shipyards. ... Yacht Shipyards. Custom Construction. Built on Trust. Heesen 55m Steel. Benetti Oasis. ABOUT. Team. Offices. Yacht Shows. News & Blog. Careers. Monaco. London.

  21. Christina Hall Reunites With Ex Tarek and Heather Rae El Moussa

    Christina Hall and Tarek El Moussa are flipping the narrative on their rumored feud. The Flip or Flop alums—who were married for nine years before their 2016 breakup —proved that they have no ...

  22. Gallery

    M/Y Christina (+20) 122-211-8533 Any questions? Call us! Cruise the Nile river in style! Book now. Welcome Services Gallery Reviews Reservation Reach us. Gallery. Sit back on the deck and enjoy cruising the Nile River ...

  23. Arizona woman charged in North Korean IT worker scheme that raised

    US federal prosecutors on Thursday charged an Arizona woman with participating in an elaborate fraud scheme to help foreign IT workers pose as Americans, get hired by major US companies and earn ...

  24. I Spent a Night in Punta Pacifica, Panama's Richest Neighborhood

    A short, narrow bridge leads to two small artificial islands, where the most expensive properties in Punta Pacifica are located. "Ocean Reef Islands, today, is Panama's most expensive neighborhood ...