Holland America Line has launched the 2019 Alaska cruise season by opening its new Ridge View building at McKinley Chalet Resort, ushering in a new level of luxury in Denali National Park. Featuring 99 rooms, the new wing includes the first-ever junior suites on Holland America Line’s Land+Sea Journeys. More than 50 rooms are luxurious junior suites with balconies, larger living areas and improved amenities that include heated bathroom floors.
Orlando Ashford, Holland America Line’s President said, “Many of our Alaska cruise guests are seeking premium accommodations and culinary experiences on their land tours just like those on their cruise, so we were thrilled to celebrate the opening of the new Ridge View building at our McKinley Chalet Resort. These new rooms and suites – in addition to the amazing Denali Square we opened a few years ago with dining, shopping, entertainment, fire pits and more – create an authentic and relaxing lodge-resort experience that makes our guests’ Alaska trip even more memorable.”
Ridge View, the new three-storey facility, features junior suites and standard rooms with modern rustic-chic décor. The first two floors have central, open-air lobbies with cozy furniture and gas fireplaces. The third floor has open public deck space with tables and loungers so guests can take in the panoramic scenery.
The new rooms are an exciting addition to the McKinley Chalet Resort, Holland America Line’s magnificent 68-acre hotel property on the Nenana River. The hotel – featuring guest rooms, dining facilities and extensive walking trails – serves as home base for all adventures in and around Denali National Park, such as the full-day Tundra Wilderness Tour included on most Land+Sea Journeys as well as optional flightseeing, ATV adventures, fly fishing, river rafting and more. All accommodations feature stylish décor and premium amenities.
Attending the ribbon-cutting celebration was Arnold Donald, Carnival Corporation and President and CEO; Stein Kruse, Chief Executive Officer of Holland America Group and Carnival UK; Orlando Ashford, President of Holland America Line; Charlie Ball, Executive Vice President, land operations and customer service for Holland America Group and several other staff members, business partners and community members.
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