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Charter Yacht Catamaran Callista Offers No Hassle Re-bookings

Updated: Apr 28, 2020

You are probably more interested now in armchair escapism and inspiration for future adventures rather than immediately booking a charter. Today we’re sending a big Thank you to Catamaran Callista with this new charter video! Callista graciously agreed to change charter dates for our clients without any re-booking fees or hassles. They are rockstars in both our eyes and our happy clients!

We hope that everybody is keeping safe and well. While the fall/winter 2020-2021 vacation holidays are not a main concern right now, they remain something to look forward to as an inspiration & a source of excitement … It’s time to dream! Life goes on and there will be something to look forward to on the “other side”. Thanks to the cooperation of our partners like Catamaran Callista, we strive to offer a wide range of yacht charter options and more flexible charter conditions. Get ready! There will be a pent-up demand for travel “unleashed in late Q2 across global economies.” Which horizon will you sail next?

As one friend said, "Travel-It’s like a friend you don’t see that much — when you finally do see her, it’s like, ‘Wow, I appreciate you so much more."

We highly recommend Catamaran Callista, a beautiful Lagoon 620 Essence that offers the popular layout with a spacious cockpit and the upper flybridge that has become ever popular with guests.


With a galley-up design, this yacht offers the spacious owner version Master Stateroom plus 4 Queen guest staterooms, accommodating a total of 8 guests.  The Lagoon Essence line is known for being spacious and well-appointed. Besides the roomy salon & cockpit, Callista has an upper sky lounge with plenty of lounging space. This space has a full enclosure that makes it usable rain or shine.

Captain Roland and Chef/ First Mate Vanessa, both vibrant and energetic, hail from Cape Town, South Africa. They have known each other for 20 + years and were married in February 2010. Vanessa & Roland are both qualified PADI Dive Master/Rescue Diver’s. Roland is a qualified PADI Instructor and will be offering DSD’s onboard Callista! Their guests can be sure they are in very safe hands! The flavor of Callista's charters lends itself towards getting off the beaten track, finding paths less traveled, but also feel very comfortable offering an itinerary which includes lively beach bars and popular locations. The First Mate on board helps keep everything shipshape and makes certain you always have a refreshing drink in hand. Popular with kids and adults alike, he is always available for watersports activities.

In Depth Yacht Charter 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 a 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 alfresco 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 have 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 Divers. Roland is also a qualified PADI OPEN WATER INSTRUCTOR and offers Discover Scuba Diving for noncertified 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 specialties. Vanessa is a trained ASHTANGA yoga instructor. The flavor of Roland and Vanessa’s charters lends itself towards getting off the beaten track, finding paths less traveled 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 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.


About Us:

We're former Owners & Captain of the Award-winning 72' yacht Three Moons for 18 years. With over 300 charters in our logbook, we currently represent privately crewed Caribbean sailing luxury yacht charters as professional CYBA yacht charter brokers. Recently, we interviewed over 120 catamarans, motor yachts, sailboats, and professional crews. We're happy to promote these yachts offering modern conveniences & unlimited pleasure.

What should you expect from a luxury crewed yacht charter in the Caribbean?

It's "ALL about you, ALL the time" onboard a privately crewed charter boat! It's surprisingly affordable too! Far away from overcrowded cruise ships, all-inclusive charter yachts allow you to explore some of the Caribbean’s most exclusive areas and delight in the natural, unspoiled beauty of secluded islands, hidden coves, and secret dive sites. Sail to a nearby island every day & snorkel around your own private beaches; enjoy your favorite cocktail while watching the sunset on your own private yacht; indulge yourself with 5-star gourmet cuisine that is prepared with Caribbean flair and served in the most beautiful surroundings you could ever imagine. We love matching the right crew & yacht with you!

6 Reasons Why We are Qualified:

1. As Members of the Charter Yacht Brokers Association, we maintain contact with the yachts to keep abreast of the very latest information on crew/yacht conditions and new yachts entering the arena.

2. We stay on top of local and Federal Government to keep informed about changes in our industry, as well as involving ourselves with the changes in the environment in which we offer charters.

3 We engage in open dialogue with local publications to help keep the government and the public aware of this important industry in our islands.

4. We attend multiple charter yacht industry shows in the Caribbean and Mediterranean, go aboard each of the yachts, meet the crews, attend association meetings and seminars. We'll happily share our notes about changes to the boats and crews and confirm any newly added features and upgrades as well as re-fits to the boat’s decor like new carpets, interior and exterior soft goods & fun new water-toys.

5. As a seasoned charter yacht Owner & Crew, we have access to the "inner circle" and know all the insider facts.

6. We've developed a longtime friendship with vendors of services such as local taxi drivers, ferry companies, good places to stay on land, great restaurants and much more.

Our service is completely FREE to you!

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