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Welsh Port Transformed Into Unique Accommodation Venue For Champions League Final

3rd June 2017
CMV' Magellan this weekend berthed at the south Wales port of Newport where the cruiseship is to be used to accommodate visitors for the Champions League Final. CMV' Magellan this weekend berthed at the south Wales port of Newport where the cruiseship is to be used to accommodate visitors for the Champions League Final. Photo: ABP Newport

#ChampionsLeague - The south Welsh port of Newport has been transformed into a bespoke accommodation and events space due to increased demand from visitors arriving this weekend (2nd – 4th June) for 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 (CMV) Magellan which Afloat adds is making direct cruises from Dublin beginning this Monday, will be berthed in the Welsh port as 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.”

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Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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