Vintage photos show what it was like to party alongside celebs, royals, and politicians on Jackie and Aristotle Onassis' iconic yacht in its glamorous heyday

CHRISTINA OAristotle Onassis and Jackie Kennedy Onassis entertaining guests aboard their superyacht, then called &quotChristina."

  • Aristotle and Jackie Onassis owned a superyacht named the Christina and frequently entertained an impressive list of guests aboard the ship.
  • The infamous couple's social circle included Hollywood stars such as Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, as well as political and royal dignitaries.
  • The luxury yacht is now available to rent for $100,000 per day and it outfitted to host extravagant parties.

Jackie O's yacht parties were always invite-only.

Already a national name as former First Lady of the United States - and a legendary fashion icon - Jacqueline Kennedy gained media attention when she started dating wealthy shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis. She began frequenting his superyacht with her children in the 1960s.

Aristotle Onassis purchased the vessel - originally a convoy escort called the Stormont - at scrap value, turning it into his floating mansion, which he called the Christina. For almost two decades, the yacht served as a meeting place, a reception hall, and the "world's most exclusive bar."

Read more: Take a look at the glitzy yacht once owned by Jackie O that's been the scene of huge celebrity parties, has 17 cabins, and can now be rented for $100,000 a day

Aristotle Onassis and Jackie Kennedy Onassis regularly entertained an elite social group aboard their legendary superyacht following their wedding in 1968. The reception - like so many other events - was held aboard the Christina.

Notable guests over the years included a long list of Hollywood stars, from Elizabeth Taylor to Marilyn Monroe. Frank Sinatra, John Wayne, and Richard Burton also visited, alongside royalty such as the Prince and Princess of Monaco.

Today, the luxury yacht is available to rent for $100,000 per day.

Keep reading for a look at some of the exclusive gatherings the Onassis hosted aboard the Christina, from a lunch with Winston Churchill to Jackie O's own wedding.

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After purchasing a convoy escort in 1954, shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis spent over $4 million transforming the vessel into a luxury yacht he called the Christina.

After purchasing a convoy escort in 1954, shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis spent over $4 million transforming the vessel into a luxury yacht he called the Christina.

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Once renovations were complete, Onassis used the ship as an office, residence, and private entertainment venue.

Once renovations were complete, Onassis used the ship as an office, residence, and private entertainment venue.

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Named after his only daughter, Aristotle and Jackie Onassis spent much of their leisure time aboard the Christina ...

Named after his only daughter, Aristotle and Jackie Onassis spent much of their leisure time aboard the Christina ...

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... often using the ship to vacation with their children.

... often using the ship to vacation with their children.

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Alongside the notable Onassis and Kennedy families, the Christina hosted many well-known guests that were a part of the couple's elite social circle.

Alongside the notable Onassis and Kennedy families, the Christina hosted many well-known guests that were a part of the couple's elite social circle.

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Among those guests are many with easily recognizable names, as indicated by a vintage passenger list.

Among those guests are many with easily recognizable names, as indicated by a vintage passenger list.

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Celebrities frequented intimate gatherings ...

Celebrities frequented intimate gatherings ...

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... including Hollywood stars such as Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton ...

... including Hollywood stars such as Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton ...

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... and actor John Wayne.

... and actor John Wayne.

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The ship also doubled as the banquet hall for Aristotle and Jackie Onassis' wedding reception.

The ship also doubled as the banquet hall for Aristotle and Jackie Onassis' wedding reception.

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Following an intimate ceremony on his private island Skorpios, the newlyweds boarded the ship with their family and friends.

Following an intimate ceremony on his private island Skorpios, the newlyweds boarded the ship with their family and friends.

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Her reception was just one of the countless high-caliber parties Jackie hosted ...

Her reception was just one of the countless high-caliber parties Jackie hosted ...

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... and it included guests such as her socialite sister Princess Lee Radziwill and brother-in-law, Lithuanian Prince Stanisław Albrecht Radziwiłł.

... and it included guests such as her socialite sister Princess Lee Radziwill and brother-in-law, Lithuanian Prince Stanisław Albrecht Radziwiłł.

Source: The Guardian

Other notable dignitaries over the years included Princess Grace of Monaco ...

Other notable dignitaries over the years included Princess Grace of Monaco ...

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... alongside President Josip Broz Tito of Yugoslavia and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

... alongside President Josip Broz Tito of Yugoslavia and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

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Churchill frequented the boat on numerous occasions ...

Churchill frequented the boat on numerous occasions ...

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... alongside famous opera singer Maria Callas and her then-husband Giovanni Battista Meneghini. Today, one of the ship's restored lounges bears her name.

... alongside famous opera singer Maria Callas and her then-husband Giovanni Battista Meneghini. Today, one of the ship's restored lounges bears her name.

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