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Holland America Line Expanding Denali Resort

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | Holland America Line | Theresa Norton | June 25, 2015

Holland America Line Expanding Denali Resort

PHOTO: This rendering shows the expansion planned for McKinley Chalet Resort. (Courtesy of Holland America Line)

Holland America Line is expanding its McKinley Chalet Resort in Alaska by building a new “base camp” with restaurants, a saloon and an amphitheater.

The company recently broke ground on the new complex, which is expected to be finished in time for the 2016 Alaska cruise season.

Spanning nearly 60 acres, the McKinley Chalet Resort is located near the entrance to Denali National Park. It currently has 478 guest rooms, fine and casual dining, a dinner theater, on-site raft departures and walking trails along the Nenana River.

Base Camp will be centrally located between the main part of the property, which has the reception hall, dining facilities and guest rooms, and the riverfront guest rooms with views of the Nenana River.

The largest building in the Base Camp complex will be the two-story, 7,800-square-foot restaurant with mountain views. The Gold Nugget Saloon is home to the “Music of Denali Dinner Theater” that becomes a bar and music venue after the show.

The amphitheater will have a covered performance stage and a semicircle of bench seating for guests attending local shows, ranger talks and demonstrations.

The new complex also will have fire pits, outdoor seating, three shops offering local goods, walking paths, and an artist-in-residence cabin where Alaska native and local artists will display and discuss their works.

The McKinley Chalet Resort provides accommodations for guests on Holland America Line’s Land+Sea Journeys that combine an Alaska cruise with a land tour to Denali and beyond.

This year, the Land+Sea Journeys run May through September and offer 13 options, ranging from 10 to 20 days. All Land+Sea Journeys combine a three- to seven-night cruise with a land trip that includes one, two or three nights at Denali.

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