Cruise News – Jan. 30, 2018
Holland America Line is expanding its Alaska Land+Sea Journeys with the addition of new guest accommodations at its Denali operation. The 99-room addition will feature the first-ever junior suites at the resort and is expected to be open for the 2019 summer Alaska cruise season. The 55 new junior suites will showcase balconies, larger living areas, and greater amenities.
The new rooms are an extension of Holland America Line’s overland Alaska experience to Denali, which includes the McKinley Chalet Resort hotel and Denali Square, a gathering area to relax, shop, dine, and enjoy music and entertainment. The addition will be located just west of Denali Square with views of Mt. Healy and Denali National Park.
“Following the opening of Denali Square, we’re excited to continue the expansion and elevate the overall Denali experience once again by adding junior suites to our Denali property,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. “Holland America Line has been at the forefront of Alaska exploration for more than 70 years, and our Land+Sea Journeys are the only way to go deep into the heart of Denali and enjoy a cruise in one seamless vacation. This will enable us to bring more guests on overland tours so they can witness the magnificence of Alaska.”
The three-story project will feature junior suites and standard rooms with rustic-chic décor. All junior suites have balconies, so guests can enjoy the Alaska wilderness in private comfort. Each floor will have a central, open-air lobby with cozy furniture. The third floor has open public deck space with tables and loungers to take in the panoramic scenery.
The new building will become a fundamental feature of the McKinley Chalet Resort, the line’s 68-acre hotel property on the Nenana River. The hotel — featuring a reception hall, dining facilities, and guest rooms — serves as base camp for all adventures at Denali National Park such as flightseeing, ATV adventures, hiking trails, river rafting, and more. All accommodations feature stylish décor and premium amenities.
Holland America Line’s Land+Sea Journeys combine a 3-, 4- or 7-day Inside Passage or Glacier Discovery cruise with in-depth overland tours to the Yukon and Alaska’s interior. The journeys weave must-see sites such as Denali National Park with seldom-seen ones such as Dawson City, in the heart of the Klondike Gold Rush Country.
Photos: Holland America Line/Andy_Newman, Holland America Line (X2)