Cruising Area of Callista
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.
•Sat Phone by request for charterer account
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.
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
•Fly bridge Fridge x3
•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.
NEW dive compressor onboard with ability to fill 4 tanks at one time.
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
Guests may bring their own gear
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.
Callista Crew Profile
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.
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.
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 utilised 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 3 crew provide a higher level of service, responsiveness and speed. They are joined by a 3rd crew member, deckhand/steward Gerrit Smit, from Johannesburg South Africa. Gerrit is a well mannered active young man who is a keen sailor having obtained his Yachtmaster Offshore. He is also an avid scuba diver and marksman. Gerrit also loves water-sports and is always ready to take guests out for a ride and looks forward to continuing sailing and furthering his yachting career.
Callista CalendarAvailableBookedHold (can be challenged)Unavailable
Callista Reservations & Port Locations
|Start Date||End Date||Details (Holds can be challenged)|
|Jul 17, 2020||Jul 24, 2020||Transit: Yacht Haven Grand to Grenadines, West Indies*|
|Sep 11, 2020||Oct 30, 2020||Unavailable: Grenada, St Georges to Grenada, St Georges|
|Dec 19, 2020||Dec 26, 2020||Booked: Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI to Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI|
|Dec 27, 2020||Jan 03, 2021||Booked: Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI to Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI|
|Jan 04, 2021||Jan 11, 2021||Booked: Tortola, TBD to Tortola, TBD|
|Jan 17, 2021||Jan 24, 2021||Booked: Yacht Haven Grand to Yacht Haven Grand|
|Feb 13, 2021||Feb 20, 2021||Booked: Tortola, West End, BVI to Tortola, West End, BVI|
|Jun 05, 2021||Jun 12, 2021||Booked: Saint Lucia, West Indies* to Grenada, St Georges|
Callista Rates / weekThe prices shown are for the entire yacht for a week-long (7 nights) charter. Inquire for lowest rate.
Low price: $30,000
High price: $36,000
|Season||2 Pax||3 Pax||4 Pax||5 Pax||6 Pax||7 Pax||8 Pax|
Yacht terms: All Inclusive
An all-inclusive charter covers all provisioning and running expenses. This includes a captain and crew that is fully trained and committed to your safety and enjoyment of your trip. A chef will provide the kind of exceptional, personalized meal preparation that you would expect of a five-star restaurant. The listed rate may not include all local taxes, premium beverages or scuba activities. Inquire for more information.
Send us an inquiry to get specific pricing for Callista.
Callista Guest Reviews
Just a quick note to you and Vanessa to let you know we arrived safely back in Dallas with zero travel difficulty other than empty airports populated mostly by folks in masks and latex gloves. Wanted also to again say thank you for a terrific week aboard the SV Callista...you two and Julia treated us royally and made it a special trip. We appreciate all of the extra effort all around...from special cocktails and creative/tasty food to early morning fishing and afternoon tubing....it was all above par and much appreciated.
Our experience there is in stark contrast to the “shelter in place” environment we find ourselves here in Dallas. While not yet mandatory, most everything is closed, with a few restaurants offering pick up or delivery only. Grocery stores are open but strongly preferring pick up and delivery. Roads are empty as no one is venturing to office, school, church or elsewhere. A bleak world here compared to the blissful time in clear water with blue skies under full sail.
We miss our time aboard already.
Thanks again. Stay safe in the Leewards. Please convey our thanks to Vanessa.
Thank you Roland, Vanessa and Hugh for providing a wonderful environment for our family´s first vacation at sea. My wife and son both love the BVI and it is a thrill to experience it from Callista. The boat was a perfect fit for our extended family and endless rounds of Rummikub. Your dedication to service shine through everyday. We wanted for nothing!
It was a joy to see our boys Jack, Will and Nash thrive in the safe environment you provided. They will remember this trip for the rest of their lives.
Oh! And lets not forget that Elizabeth had a perfect 50th birthday celebration. She was, afterall, the inspiration for the trip!!
Chris, Elizabeth, Jack along with George, Annie, Nash and Will
Most awesome crew ever!!! Roland, Vanessa and Hugh are incredible, they have a passion for service and they are the best at what they do. The boat is unbelievable and the food was terrific. We have done more than 5 catamaran charters and this team and boat is in a different league. Thak you for finding this needle in a haystack.
November 2 Charter
Dear Vanessa, Rolland and Hugh,
Thank you for an amazing sailing vacation! You guys were the best. Your service and attention to detail was outstanding. Thanks for the fantastic food and cocktails we indulged in, we all are leaving a little heavier. We will be thinking of you as we hit the gym and peddle out bikes!
Happy travels and we hope to sail with you again for another great adventure
Jacynthe + David
August 2019 Grenadines
Roland, Vanessa and Hugh,
To quote Hugh - our week with you has been fantastic!!
Thank you very much for all that you each did to make our stay with you truly exceptional. Your attention to detail and desire to meet our wants and needs was amazing.
We loved every meal, snorkel, dive and sail! We will miss you & our fun conversations very much! We hope to be back soon! If you are ever in California - please visit us, we´d love to have you.
xo Melinda, Eric, Jonathon & Annaliese
P.S. Our tip and time with you exceeded our expectations in every way. Thank you for everything.
P.P.S. We love having matching Tobago Cays shirts with you - and will remember Callista fondly the next time we play hearts.
Dear Roland, Vanessa and Hugh,
You have allowed us to have the most special, memorable vacation aboard the Callista with your dedication, thoughtfulness, skill and lovely personalities and i couldn´t be more grateful. We have enjoyed the company, the delicious meals and the tending to our wants and needs every step of this trip. Antigua and the Callista are amazing but they would not be the same without you.
With love and gratitude, Tina
Roland, Vanessa and Hugh,
Thank you so much for an amazing week on the boat. You all handled us very well and you did a very good job at keeping us happy and prepared. Thank you so much for all you have done for us. John
Dear Roland, Vanessa & Hugh,
Thank you so much for the most amazing trip! This was my first time on a boat and I loved it. You are all so wonderful and I enjoyed getting to know you. Thank you for taking care of us, for all the amazing meals, for taking us places and sharing your stories. I will forever remember this trip. I wish you all well and hope to see you again some day. Jody
Roland, Vanessa & Hugh,
Thank you very much for showing us around Antigua. You were all very nice and helpful and I wish you all well. One of the best vacations I´ve had in a while! Thanks so much. Jesse
Roland & Vanessa were absolutely amazing! The deck hand, Hugh, was the most incredible 20 yr old I have met.
They were a great team to dive with and handled our 5 divers flawlessly. The sea life was as if they called and appeared - sharks, rays, lobster, barracuda, etc.
The food was outstanding!
I can’t say enough about this crew. I just wish they had a 10pax for our growing family when we return! We would love to sail with them again.
I think next time we would be looking towards St Vincent and the Grenadines.
Thank you for everything!!!
The crew was the highlight of our charter. We had to switch boats unexpectantly with one week in advance and it went smoothly. The cuisine was great, water sports were fun, and all three of the crew were great - nice, knowledgeable, patient!
Having done numerous charters over the past 20 years I must say Callista and her crew are tops!!! This is a wonderful catamaran with an outstanding captain, chef, and first mate. Roland, Vanessa, and Hugh went out of their way to make our trip enjoyable in every possible way. Whether it was scuba diving/beach excursions/snorkeling/or adapting to strict dietary needs the crew of Callista outperformed every request with ease and professionalism......The food and service were outstanding.
Jeff B and family
Christmas week 2018
Callista, the fabulous crew and the BVI were fantastic.
Captain Roland, his fantastic wife/chef/dive master and above all person Vanessa and young Hugh were nothing less than fantastic.
They had everything we wanted before sailing, we went everywhere we wanted to go, we did everything we wanted to do, we ate like Kings and never had nothing wrong.
Callista is in impecable shape and condition and very well equipped.
We scuba dived, wake boarded, paddle boarded, kayaked, snorkeled, water skied, fished, rented scooters and exchanged Christmas presents. What more can you ask for?
Please share my note with the crew, the owner and thank you for your recommendation.
Best regards and Happy New Year
Thanksgiving week 2018
Today is such a blue day for us!! We had the best time but are so sad our fun sailing charter is over! We honestly had the most incredible week with Roland, Vanessa and Hugh aboard Callista! They went out of their way to make us feel at home and comfortable and would not let us lift a finger. They took us to the most beautiful snorkeling spots and showed us beautiful remote beaches and anchoring spots!! Roland introduced Bruce, Graham, Tess and Bryn to diving as PADI certified, and also arranged for us to go Conch and lobster hunting with a guide. Both were very cool experiences!
Our favorite spot was probably Anegada, Jost Van Dyke and Lee Bay! On Bruce’s Birthday, The crew decorated with signs, balloons, and hats and Vanessa prepared the most amazing surf and turf dinner and delicious vanilla cake with marshmallow filling for dessert. We got to relax and enjoy our family and also enjoy the company of our amazing crew!
SATISFACTION WITH YACHT CHARTER:
1. Crew Friendliness: 10
2. Crew Knowledge: 10
3. Quality of Service: 10
4. The professionalism of the Crew: 10
5. Value of the Cost of the Charter: 10
6. On-Board Cuisine: 10
7. Destination / Location: 10
8. Water-Sports: 10
9. Overall Satisfaction: 10
Any additional comments you would like to make regarding your vacation experience? We would recommend this boat, crew and yacht charter to anyone who loves the water!
May 01 2017
Our week sailing with Roland and Vanessa throughout the BVIs was a unique and fantastic experience. Together, they are a skilled captain, gourmet chef, inn-keeper, dive master, tour guide, trip planner, bar tender, and just plain fun to be around. They did all this with impressive skill and energy and went out of their way to make sure we were having fun every minute .....which we did! It was a vacation not to be forgotten.
Dec 01 2016
Sailing the BVI´s has been a dream for me for years. We feel so blessed to have chartered Amazing Lady. She is new and so gorgeous and the photos do not give justice to the space and comfort on board. Then the crew!!! Wow!! Two thumbs up to Roland and Vanessa for taking such good care of us!! They understood our needs and wants and made everything happen that we had wished for. Nothing was left out. They are attentive, helpful and experts at what they do. Thanks guys for helping make this dream come true in such a fantastic way!! Best wishes and lots of love from us! John, Nina and boys
April 29 2017
What an amazing week we had with Roland and Vanessa!! They were amazing in every way possible!! Very personable and fun to be around and the food was unbelievable!!! We will definitely be back!!
Aug 16 2017
Roland and Vanessa are the key to a wonderful vacation. They are a warm, friendly, knowledgeable, professional pair. The food was amazing! The whole trip went smoothly and was a blast! Five plus stars for sure!!
March 26 2017
We had a fantastic time aboard Amazing Lady with Roland and Vanessa! We loved everything...the food, the boat, the islands. We highly recommend this trip and look forward to returning. Thank you Roland and Vanessa!!
May 10 2016
We had an incredible time with Roland and Vanessa on the Amazing Lady. The food was fantastic and Roland and Vanessa could not have been more accommodating. It was one of the best travel adventures we have ever had. We would do it again in a heartbeat!
Thanks Giving 2018
On my Shelly, we are having the BEST time!! Roland, Vanessa and Hugh are absolutely amazing! We feel like we have known them forever. The food has been out to this world and they couldn’t be nicer! Callista was the right boat for us! Everything happens for a reason. Just wanted to let you know that our trip is just perfect! Thank you so much!!
Amy & Bruce