Ari Onassis was a business partner but above all a very good friend of mine for many years until his death in 1975. It was great to know him and fantastic to be involved in his odyssey and contributes to build his empire. There are so many things that are said about Ari and by creating this blog I want to reflect the reality about him to make sure his memory is not stained by gossiping people that don't know anything about him. You can also view my website:

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Your chance to visit Onassis's Yacht Christina O

The Christina O - named after the daughter of Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis - has moored near Canary Wharf (London) and can be exceptionally visited. You can book your ticket on Tickemaster, don't miss this unique opportunity to see Ari's favourite home. The owner representative told me that the Yacht will stay in London during the Olympics to allow visitors to enjoy the hurry you still have time to come to visit it. Ticket can be bought in advance see below:

The legendary Yacht can also be booked  for dinners and cocktail parties for the next few months.
Diners will pay about £500 per head, making it by far the costliest venue in the capital.
The opulent dining room is decorated with Baccarat crystal wall lamps and features a painting by Renoir.
The 325ft yacht gained a reputation as the premier society party location during the Fifties and Sixties by attracting many of the world's biggest names.
It was bought by Onassis in 1954 and hosted a glittering wedding reception for Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly two years later.
It went on to become a magnet for film stars, business tycoons and world leaders.
John F Kennedy was introduced to Winston Churchill on it and Marilyn Monroe was known to have attended the parties Onassis hosted. The music lounge contains a Steinway piano once played by Frank Sinatra.
The romance between Onassis and opera diva Maria Callas was conducted on the yacht. It is also where he courted Kennedy's widow Jackie, whom he married in 1968. The vessel was one of their five homes. The Christina O was renovated a decade ago to become one of Europe's most expensive charter yachts.
For most of the year it sails the Mediterranean and Caribbean, where it can be chartered for £65,000 a day, but it is now at South Quay in the West India Docks, near Canary Wharf where it is, unusually, taking bookings. Its general manager David Jeanjean said it offered "a unique experience" for Londoners.
He said dinner in the 35-seat dining room costs "approximately £500 per person" and the yacht can also be hired for 150-guest cocktail parties. The owners expect it to be booked for corporate entertaining.
Mr Jeanjean - a former sommelier at Raymond Blanc's Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons near Oxford - is promising Michelin-quality food in the yacht's restaurant, which has a partnership with chef Alfonso Iaccarino.
The Christina O will remain in London until after the Olympics and Mr Jeanjean said he hoped it would offer the capital's most exclusive evening entertainment during the Games.
An on-board public exhibition will chronicle the yacht's history.

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