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Onassis’ Legendary Yacht “Christina O” Setting for The Crown Series 5

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The legendary Christina O provides the setting for the next series of the popular Netflix series The Crown. Credit: Instagram/Elizabeth Debicki. Illustration: Greek Reporter

Aristotle Onassis’ legendary yacht “Christina O” sets the stage for The Crown 5, which will be released on Netflix in 2022.

Photos uploaded on Instagram by actress Elizabeth Debicki, who plays Diana, shows herself and Dominic West, playing Prince Charles, revealed that the highly-anticipated fifth season of The Crown will feature the former royal couple’s 1991 trip to Italy.

That year, Charles and Diana went on a yachting voyage with their sons, Princes William and Harry, just months before calling off their marriage.

During the trip, Diana was already very unhappy in her marriage, having recently spoken about her difficulties with biographer Andrew Morton. Despite the crumbling marriage, the family came together on Charles’ yacht “Alexandra.”

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Actress Elizabeth Debicki as Diana on board the real Christina O. Credit: Instagram/Elizabeth Debicki

Debicki and West are portraying the couple this season, filming on the yacht Christina O in Palma de Mallorca. The Christina O, while not an actual royal family yacht, certainly has its own rich history — it was once, of course, owned by Jackie Kennedy and Aristotle Onassis.

The Crown is a lavish historical drama

The Crown is a historical drama streaming television series about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, created and principally written by Peter Morgan and produced by Left Bank Pictures and Sony Pictures Television for Netflix.

The series begins with an inside look at the early reign of the queen, who ascended to the throne at age 25 after the death of her father, King George VI. As the decades pass, personal intrigues, romances, and political rivalries are revealed that played a major role in events that shaped the later years of the 20th century.

The Crown has been widely praised by critics for its acting, directing, writing, cinematography, and production values, although its historical inaccuracies have received some criticism, particularly within the fourth season.

It received many accolades, including a total of sixty-three Primetime Emmy Award nominations for its first four seasons, winning twenty-one, including Outstanding Drama Series for its fourth season, and seven awards for the cast.

The series has also twice won the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Drama, at the 74th and 78th ceremonies.

Onassis yacht hosted a wealth of illustrious guests

The luxurious Christina O, now a private yacht that can be chartered, hosted a wealth of illustrious guests in the 1950’s and 1960s, ranging from Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra to John F. Kennedy and Winston Churchill.

Starting life in World War Two as a Canadian frigate, the Christina O was purchased in 1954 by Onassis. Onassis epitomized the life of the superyachting elite, garnering a reputation as the original jetsetter, but following his death in 1975, the Christina O fell into disrepair.

Luckily, a meticulous restoration project led by a family friend of Onassis was completed in 2001 and, today, charterers can enjoy the resonance of her unique past with the ultimate in luxurious accommodations and on-board service.

Morley Yachts handles chartering for the ship, at a cool $750,000 per week.

A variety of vast open-air spaces across Christina O offer a multitude of options for lounging and socializing. Most impressive is the main deck, where Onassis’ swimming pool has been faithfully restored, with its renowned Minoan bull and vaulter mosaic. What’s more, the bottom of the pool can be raised to form a dance floor.



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