Port of Newport transformed into a unique accommodation and events space

June 2, 2017

Left: Magellan bethered at North Side, South Dock at ABP Newport

The port of Newport has been transformed into a bespoke accommodation and events space in order to meet the increased demand that visitors will bring to South Wales this weekend (2nd – 4th June) due to the Champions League Final.

An area of quayside on the South Dock has been transformed into a custom-built events and activity space by French events company, Hopscotch Groupe, on behalf of their client Nissan. Cruise and Maritime Voyages Magellan cruise ship will be berthed adjacent to the quayside and will provide a unique accommodation experience for guests of the event.

This inventive use of the port was a result of collaborative working between ABP South Wales, Cruise and Maritime Voyages, and Hopscotch Groupe. It provides an innovative solution to a problem that arose due to the increase in demand for accommodation and events space in the region during this peak period.

The port of Newport covers 685 acres of land and is owned and operated by ABP South Wales. It has excellent links to the nearby M4 and direct rail locations.

Ralph Windeatt, Port Manager, ABP South Wales said: “The port of Newport was chosen to host this events space due to its fantastic location. Strong road, rail, and sea links made it a natural choice as its uniquely positioned to offer a wide-variety of services to customers, including those that are non-cargo related.”

With a fleet of five cruise ships, Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) is Britain's leading independent cruise line. CMV offer a traditional cruise experience sailing from more UK ports than any other cruise operator. The 46,052grt Magellan can accommodate up to 1250 guests providing a wide range of comfortable lounges and leisure facilities.

CMV Commercial Director Chris Coates said ‘We are delighted that our cruise ship Magellan was chosen by Hopscotch for Nissan to accommodate their guests in Newport. Not only has this made it possible for all their guests to stay at the same location, we believe that Magellan will provide a truly unique venue and experience.”