Variety Cruises Announces Acquisition of the M/Y Callisto

posted on Monday 07 September 2015
Athens, Greece - Variety Cruises announces the purchase of the M/Y Callisto, the newest addition to the company's fully owned fleet of 12 Small Cruise Ships accomodating just 10 to 72 guests.
In September 2015, we were fortunate in obtaining the M/Y Callistoa 17-cabin/34 berth mega yacht perfectly suited for our small ship cruising” said Lakis Venetopoulos, CEO and President of Variety Cruises. “The Callisto is the newest ship in our 12-strong fully owned fleet. As we speak, the Callisto is undergoing a multi-million dollar refit in Greece, during which we will undertake numerous works, both technical and to the guest accommodation, public areas and decks.”
During her refurbishment works, the most significant will be the installation of new decking at all decks, the installation of new state-of-the-art stabilizers, new generator, bridge renewal, and a general improvement to all areas including dining, cabins and sundecks. Of course, dry-docking and all annual and special surveys and Class inspections will take place as well.  The Callisto complies with Eurosolas safety regulations.
Callisto's Inaugural season in Greece -Summer 2016 | Winter 2016/17 in Costa Rica & the Panama Canal
On leaving her dry-dock, the Callisto will spend her inaugural Variety Cruises summer in Greece & the Greek Isles, operating the 7night/ 8day Classical Greece cruise in tandem with the M/Y Harmony V, from April through October 2016. The Callisto will then be positioned to Central America to operate Costa Rica & Panama Canal cruises from December 2016 to March 2017. Winter 2016/17 will be Variety Cruises' 4th consecutive season in the area, and cruise programs will be increased to 10 days, allowing for a richer exploration of the coasts and an additional day to cruise around the Gatun Lake. 
Public Areas on the M/Y Callisto
The Callisto is a mega yacht with the atmosphere of a classic private yacht that offers generous indoor and outdoor public areas as well as comfortable and well-appointed cabins. She is well-known in the United States for having hosted the trips of countless alumni and non-profit organisations.
Callisto's public areas are decorated with rich fabrics, handsome woodwork, gleaming brass, antiques and fine works of art. The lounge/bar and dining room on the Upper Deck are connected by the gallery, displaying exquisite art and adding to the overall feeling of elegance and style. The dining room accommodates all guests in a single seating. The spacious lounge and bar area on the Upper Deck are surrounded by large picture windows that open onto the Sun Deck. The Library located on the Sun Deck has large wraparound windows and is an ideal area to relax with a book while engaging with the passing scenery.
Callisto features two broad Sun Decks for sunbathing and the swimming platform on the stern enables you to swim off the ship in sheltered bays. The outdoor dining area located on the Sun Deck serves al fresco meals and is an ideal place to admire the passing scenery or enjoy your meal under the stars. The open Bridge policy remains a highlight for our guests who are welcome to visit the Captain and Officers on the Bridge and check the progress of the voyage.
Cabins Aboard Callisto
All 17 cabins are ocean-facing, with 11 on the main deck and 6 on the lower deck. all featuring marble-appointed en suite bathrooms with showers, individually controlled A/C and fitted with TV, CD/DVD player, telephone (for internal use), hairdryers, mini-fridge, central music, public address system and safe boxes.

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We recently did the Garden of Eden cruise around the Seychelles on the Pegasos sailing on 17th November. The ship was not full so there was plenty of space although there was a bit of scrapping over sunbeds by some of the Germans on board! There was a group of Germans whose leader was a bit over bearing but other than that the rest of the passengers consisting of Brits, French, French Canadians and Belgians and one lone German couple not part of the group got on well. We had a class C cabin which was comfortable, a little on the small size but we spent very little time there other than sleeping and changing so it was not an issue - it did give us very easy access to the sundeck so that was a bonus although it meant we had to keep our curtains shut at all times!! As this is not the most modern ship the bathroom was also quite small and the fittings are a little dated and there was a knack to making sure the shower doors did not roll back and forth when there was a slight swell! The food however was very good throughout with a decent choice and the fish and especially the beef tenderloin were all excellent and presented beautifully. The staff were very professional and friendly and nothing was ever too much trouble, so a big credit to the captain and George who was in charge of Hotel operations. Our Entertainment host was a little distracted and perhaps not quite up to the same standard as the other staff, which was a shame. We enjoyed the excursions to Curieuse, Cousin (beware of the mosquitos here though) and Aride islands particularly, which are basically nature reserves with not many other tourists or facilities which we liked. For those interested in the natural world and ornithology in particular then these are excellent excursions and the landings on small boats through big surf waves was all part of the fun. There were several excellent snorkelling trips and the variety of fish and marine life was pretty good and a lot of new coral growth was particularly evident! As this was our first cruise with Variety it will almost certainly not be our last as we enjoyed our small ship cruise - we thoroughly enjoyed the cruise which certainly exceeded our expectations.
We cruised the Galileo August 17, 2018 and it was fantastic! I absolutely loved the ship! The entire crew went out of their way to make it a wonderful experience. The rooms are nice and the food is very good. The views from the ship are beautiful and each island is different. I loved the intimacy of the smaller ship. It was truly a trip of a lifetime. I highly recommend this cruise!
It is one thing to be able to cruise and enjoy the wonders of the Greek Islands. However so much more impor ant is know that your Captain has the experience to know how to ensure the safety of passengers. This past week we have been fortunate enough to undertake the Classical Greek Cruise and we were very pleased to find Captain Andreas when we boarded. With his experience he watched the weather patterns and made an early call to change the route. Yes there was some initial disappointment that we would not get to Crete. But we had a fantastic voyage and saw such interesting places that we never expected. Furthermore we enjoyed a thoroughly comfortable trip and look forward to our next visit. Thank you to captain Andreas and all the crew of Harmony V