The fifth season of the hit Netflix TV show The Crown will see a fleet of superyachts appear on screen, with Christina O the latest to join the cast alongside 73 metre Titania and former Royal Yacht Britannia.
Formerly owned by Greek tycoon Aristotle Onassis, the classic 99.15 metre Christina O was first delivered in 1943 before Onassis refurbished her in a $4 million refit under his ownership in the 1950s.
During her lifetime, Christina O served in the Second World War and welcomed aboard a star-studded group of guests including Winston Churchill, the Kennedys, Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra and Rudolf Nureyev.
For the latest season of The Crown, which portrays the lives of the British royal family throughout the 1990s, actors Elizabeth Debicki and Domonic West have been working on board Christina O to portray a yachting holiday taken by Princess Diana and Prince Charles in 1991.
The classic superyacht that is reportedly playing the part of Christina O is a 121.95-metre superyacht named Alexander.
Delivered in 1965 by German shipyard Lubecker Flender Werke, the superyacht hosted the royals and their son’s princes William and Harry a year before the couple divorced.
The third-largest classic yacht in the world, Alexander flaunts an interior volume of 5,933 GT and accommodations for up to 54 guests and 60 crew. Highlights onboard include a private cinema, a number of al fresco lounge and dining areas, a dual swimming pool and jacuzzi with panoramic views out to sea, a formal dining room and a certified helipad.
Alexander has historically spent time cruising the Greek Islands and the Red Sea, but when Princess Diana and Prince Charles were on board they spent their time sailing around Italy. Filming, however, is currently taking place in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
Although the exterior of the two yachts is distinctly different, Christina O has classic details and opulent interiors similar to Alexander, which will likely feature in scenes of the upcoming series due to premiere in November 2022.
For those keen to sample the same experience as the royals, Christina O is available for charter with Morley Yachts with a weekly charter rate starting from €630,000.