CALLISTA Yacht Charter Catamaran
Callista is a deluxe upscale “Essence 620” Lagoon. The Essence line is the top specification available from Lagoon, adding upscale deluxe finishes and special features. Built in 2016, the yacht was used privately until she was upgraded for charter in August 2018. Callista offers the popular 4 guest cabin layout with spacious cockpit and the upper flybridge that have become ever popular with guests. With a galley up design, this yacht offers the spacious owner version master stateroom plus 3 queen guest staterooms, accommodating a total of 8 guests. Her crew - Roland and Vanessa have completed over 140 charters in the Caribbean since 2011. They are vastly experienced in The Virgin Islands (British and US), the Grenadines from St. Vincent to Grenada, and St. Martin / St. Barths / Anguilla. A full scuba diving program is available with Callista, including Dive Instruction so guests do not need prior certification.
Size / Year Built / Builder
62.0 Ft / 2016 / Lagoon
Callista accommodates up to 8 guests in 4 luxurious queen cabins all ensuite with electric heads and seperate shower stalls and individually controlled AC. Crew offer the option to switch their single upper/lower berth cabin with a queen cabin if single beds are needed.
Fans throughout the boat.
Linen turn around: every 3 or 4 nights….7 night charter normally after the 3 night or on the 4th day
We change out the sheets, pillow slips, hand towels, bath towels, swimming towels, face cloths and bath mats
In the evenings we turn on lights. Close blinds….switch the A/C on if not already on
•Espresso Coffee machine in the Galley
•USB sockets in cabins next to the bed
•Fans in Cabins, Galley and Salon
•Shared TV in Salon with Electric lift in Central Galley
•TV in owners suite
•Personal Hair iron
•Personal Hair straightener
•Complimentary Ear buds
•Complimentary Cotton wool swabs
•Complimentary Shower Gel
•Complimentary Disposable razors
•Complimentary facial wipes
•Turkish swim towels
•SONOS Music system is available in 4 zones, saloon, cockpit, fly bridge AND fore deck. Listen to different music choices at different volumes in 4 different areas of the yacht.
• Extra fridges
•CALLISTA has 220V power outlets in each cabin and common areas with adapters for American style plugs
•We have a 110V transformer on board.
•CALLISTA has a medical kit to MCA coding.
•Electric winches throughout
•Inversion hatches on the underside for safety
•Large array of other safety equipment
•The fore deck is fully cordoned off for increased safety
•The cockpit can be fully enclosed for comfort and increased security/safety
•The fly bridge can be fully enclosed for comfort and safety
•Fish ID books
•CALLISTA has a full wet bar area with ice maker, fridge, blender and wash up area
•CALLISTA welcomes tandem charters but for safety reasons no overnight rafting will be possible.
•Flybridge and Foredeck cushions in dark grey and graphite shades
•4 x Blue Ocean LED under-water spot lights
Adult water skiis
Adult wake board
Junior wake-boards (similar to Zup Board)
2 x Stand Up Paddle-boards
Floating chairs and mats with cup holders
•Snorkeling sets of various sizes
• Sea Life camera in waterproof housing with video capabilities
• Digital guest photos as keepsake upon request
• Personalized guided shore excursions
•Vanessa is a certified ASCHTANGA 8 limb YOGA instructor
•Note there is a shade over the foredeck area on CALLISTA.
•Extra large Weber propane grill
•Bespoke storage bags to store masks/fins easily accessible for your convenience
•Special safety floating line attached to the stern of CALLISTA for swimmers peace of mind
•FREE Personalized snorkel instruction for first timers
•Fish ID presentation with video
•Fish ID guest involvement with ID slates and books
•Volunteer Fish Survey Project and upload data to Reef Conservation Agency online
•Free membership to Reef Environmental Education Foundation
•FREE Personalized water bottles to take home
•FREE CALLISTA caps to take home
•Assorted board games..Dominoes, Monopoly, Pictionary, 5 sec rule, Speak Out, Playing Cards...
•CALLISTA has a dinghy PLATFORM at the back to make skiing and all water sports much easier AND WORKS WELL AS A SWIM PLATFORM
•If clients wish to obtain a temporary Fishing Permit they will need to quote the boats permit #
Equipment - Two trolling rods with a 50 pound test line with high end Shimano reels plus 2 casting rods.
Vanessa is a PADI Dive Master
Roland is a PADI Open Water Diving instructor with diving insurance including public liability. Roland is also qualified to teach O2 delivery, Nitrox specialty, Deep specialty, Wreck specialty, Navigation specialty, Fish ID specialty, Drift dive specialty, Night dive specialty courses.
Premium Dive Experience
2 X Oxygen cylinder (safety
Gear included in price.
Wet suits, if desired, need to be rented.
10x scuba tanks
8 complete sets of the following in various sizes from XS to XL
Regulators, BCDs, integrated weight system plus weight sets
-Cressi closed heel Fins
-Dive Masks and Snorkels
- SMB and reel (Instructor)
- Fish ID slates
Volunteer Fish Survey Project...Please inquire for further information
Discover Scuba Diving (x1) $150 (if successful that would include 1 dive accompanied by the instructor to a max depth of 30 ft)
• Dive courses offered are not included in the charter fee and will be invoiced separately. ($150-$450)
$350 Tropical Referral check out dive
4 FREE dives for Certified Divers
In locations where the vessel is required by law to make use of rendezvous diving/local dive operators, this cost will be for the guest account.
•Sat Phone by request for charterer account
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Our team endeavors to provide up to date and accurate information regarding each yacht in our listing, however some yachts reserve the right to make last minute changes to their availability and rates. With this in mind, please note that premium rates may be attached to certain destinations and dates, such as Christmas and New Years in the Caribbean or July and August in the Mediterranean. Kindly contact us for a proposal that details the yacht’s final rate and availability.
Captain Roland and Chef/ First Mate Vanessa, both vibrant and energetic, hail from Cape Town, South Africa. Roland and Vanessa met when in their 20´s and were married in February 2010.
Previously, Captain Roland worked in the corporate environment, ending at the pinnacle of his successful career managing his own business servicing the dental and medical industry. From being a Sea Scout in his youth then followed his passion for the sea by obtaining his RYA Yacht Master Offshore – subsequently receiving his RYA Yacht Master Ocean certification. Roland has delivered yachts professionally, doing numerous trans-Atlantic crossings (amongst others) accumulating in excess of 100 000 Nautical Miles. The majority of these deliveries were for the TUI group (Moorings/Sunsail)
Roland’s first transatlantic blue water passage in 2004 brought him to the shores of the Caribbean. It was during one of those yacht deliveries in 2005 that Roland came across Tradewinds Cruise Club and worked as a Charter Captain managing a Privilege 48 Ft catamaran in and around the Caribbean windward islands, operating primarily out of Jolly Harbour in Antigua, going on to work with Vanessa on numerous and larger catamarans for Tradewinds Cruise Club in 2012 and then into the private sector in 2013. His other passions include kite surfing, cycling, scuba diving, free diving and fishing.
Hugh White grew up in Pretoria, South Africa spending weekends at the local lake where his passion for sailing and water sports started as a youth. After graduation Hugh went straight into yachting and completed a Mediterranean season in France where his passion for the yachting industry grew. Followed by a 12,000 nautical mile delivery which included two Atlantic crossings and sailing up the east coast of Africa Hugh’s enthusiasm for sailing, fishing and diving only increased. Hugh then joined Callista in the Caribbean as the deck/stew where he sailed with Roland and Vanessa for two years learning the ropes of a charter captain. Hugh is an eager diver and always keen for an adventure!
Vanessa holds a diploma in fashion design but soon discovered that the hospitality industry is where her passion lies. For years a deli and coffee shop owner in the heart of prestigious London-Marylebone Lane- and prior to that, spent many years in the restaurant industry all over the world, from South Africa to Honduras to Europe. Having worked in the food and hospitality industry for so many years ensures without a doubt that your expectations will be exceeded. The guest book is testament to Vanessa’s great skills in the galley. Her creative flair and ability to cater to challenging dietary requirements is nothing short of incredible. Vanessa tends to lean towards a very healthy al fresco style preparation. (Roland is kept very busy on the grill!)
In 2010 Roland and Vanessa decided to put their individual skill sets together. They sold their respective businesses and embarked on a plan to work on yachts full time. They contacted Tradewinds Cruise Club with whom Roland has had a long standing relationship. The rest as they say is history.
Both growing up in South Africa has taught Vanessa and Roland to appreciate and indulge in numerous outdoor activities, whether it be hiking, skiing, river rafting , kayaking or scuba diving to name a few.
Vanessa and Roland are both qualified PADI Rescue Diver’s. Roland is also a qualified PADI OPEN WATER INSTRUCTOR and offers Discover Scuba Diving for non certified divers onboard SV CALLISTA ! Their guests can be sure they are in very safe hands ! There is NO certification after a DSD course.
In addition Roland is an instructor in wreck, deep, navigation, drift, Fish ID , nitrox scuba diving specialities.
Vanessa is a trained ASHTANGA yoga instructor and has added Powerboat Level 2 to her qualifications.
The flavour of Roland and Vanessa’s charters lends itself towards getting off the beaten track, finding paths less travelled but also feel very comfortable offering an itinerary which includes lively beach bars and popular locations. They are open to lifestyle charters of more than one week thereby allowing the freedom to island hop.
The grill is utilized a lot, providing a healthy outdoor style of food preparation and still managing to retain a feeling of luxury.
Roland is a South African citizen and Vanessa carries both British and South African citizenship. Their home language is English however speak fluent Afrikaans. Both are non-smokers.
Being extremely service orientated, Roland and Vanessa feel very strongly that to provide a high level of service, responsiveness and speed a crew of 3 is best.
3rd Crew member Stew/Deckhand
Maxime was born and raised on the East Coast of South Africa. She studied Hospitality Management for 3 years and worked in various luxury hotels for three years before deciding to adapt her skill set to work in yachting and see more of the world.
She began her career as a sole stewardess on a sailing yacht in Monaco and began her first circumnavigation embarking on an incredible adventure to sail the world. After this she joined The Oyster World Rally and also participated in the Oyster Antigua Regatta which really ignited her passion and love for sailing. She has sailed around 52 000 nm during her career thus far and sailed the North and South Atlantic, the South Pacific, the Indian Ocean, the Mediterranean and Caribbean Sea
Maxime has a vibrant positive attitude paired with good sense of humor and strives to create a relaxed and friendly atmosphere on board.
She hopes to make your stay onboard Callista an unforgettable experience.
Crew are fully vaccinated for Covid 19
Inclusions and exclusion are not standardized across the different yachts, with each offering slightly different terms. Please contact us for a proposal that details the yacht’s availability, individual pricing based on the number of guests in your party and particular dates, as well as the list of the inclusions and exclusions for that particular yacht.
This yacht offers an “All Inclusive” Rate:
Typically this includes all your breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks. Standard Ship's Bar which includes your alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages. Fuel for the yacht and its tender, and the necessary water for the onboard facilities. Use of the Yacht’s onboard equipment and the Captain, Chef and Crew’s services.
Excluded are airport transfers costs, onshore excursions and tours, as well as any food or beverages purchased ashore. Although optional, crew gratuity is customary at 15% - 20% of the charter rate for the Caribbean and 10% - 15% for the Mediterranean.
Inclusions and exclusion are not standardized across the different yachts, with each offering slightly different terms. Please contact us for a proposal that details the yacht’s availability and individual pricing based on the number of guests in your party, as well as the list of the inclusions and exclusions for that particular yacht.
This Yacht offers a “Plus Expenses” Rate:
Included are the Yacht and its onboard equipment as well as the Captain, Chef and Crew’s services.
Excluded are food and beverages, fuel for the yacht and its tender, any dockage, airport transfers costs, onshore excursions and tours, as well as any cruising permits, licenses and other charter related expenses. Crew gratuity, although optional is customary at 15% - 20% of the charter rate for the Caribbean and 10% - 15% for the Mediterranean.
Advanced Provisioning Allowance:
For "Plus Expenses" charters, yachts request an Advance Provisioning Allowance (APA), which is generally estimated at 20% - 25% of the base charter fee for sailing yachts (catamarans and monohulls) and at 30%-35% for motor yachts. The APA essentially creates a bank account for the Captain to purchase provisions, fuel, dockage, food, beverages, bar, and other consumables on the charterer's behalf. The Captain will keep all receipts and manage a running balance of the account, so that expenditures can be checked at any time. Any amount not used will be refunded at the end of the charter. If during the charter the costs have exceeded the collected APA, then additional funds will be required for the outstanding bills. All purchases are transparent and nothing is marked up. The APA is used purely for the charterer's provisions and charter-related expenses.