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 Callisto, a 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.
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.