Holland America Line to Acquire McKinley Chalets Hotel in Denali National Park
Alaska hotel purchase is part of the line's investment in Land+Sea Journeys
SEATTLE, Wash., Oct. 2, 2013 — Holland America Line, through its subsidiary
Holland America–Princess Alaska, has reached an agreement in principle to
acquire the McKinley Chalets Hotel in Denali National Park from Aramark Sports
and Entertainment Services. Holland America Line will develop the property
further for inclusion on its Land+Sea Journeys that combine an Alaska cruise
with an overland tour to Denali National Park.
Details of the McKinley Chalets Hotel purchase agreement and plans for future
enhancements are ongoing, and once the purchase is completed later this fall,
more information will be made available to the public.
The agreement to purchase McKinley Chalets Hotel is part of an enhancement
program that also will see modifications to Holland America Line's Alaska
hotels at Fairbanks, Skagway and Whitehorse. The renovations, which will take
place over the next few years, will include extensive room updates and
upgrades to soft goods and hotel decor.
"Acquiring the McKinley Chalets Hotel provides Holland America Line with great
potential for growth in Denali and enables us to expand the appeal of our
brand as a leader in Alaska travel," said Stein Kruse, president and CEO of
Holland America Line. "This purchase will help us deliver the finest
destination resort and experience in Alaska at the highlight on Land+Sea
Journeys — Denali National Park."
Spanning more than 42 acres, the McKinley Chalet Resort features 345 rooms,
fine and casual dining, an on-site dinner theater, on-site raft departures and
walking trails on the Nenana River. Holland America currently owns 26 acres
adjacent to the chalets, including 135 additional guest rooms that have been
operated by Aramark as part of the McKinley Chalets. Total rooms are 480.
Land+Sea Journeys Bring Fresh Approach to Alaska Experience
In 2014, Holland America Line is rebranding its popular Alaska CruiseTour
program with the new name Land+Sea Journeys. Now with more time in the marquee
destinations and less overland travel time, Holland America Line guests will
have more opportunities than ever to explore and personalize their Great Land
With 12 options ranging in length from 10 to 20 days and featuring a three- to
seven-day cruise, Land+Sea Journeys offer the benefit of combining the
"must-see" of Denali National Park with the "seldom seen" wonders of the
Yukon. Among the most significant program enhancements for 2014 is a
convenient one-hour flight that brings Fairbanks, Alaska, and Dawson City,
Yukon closer together — replacing up to two days of motorcoach travel and a
Other notable elements include revised departures for the McKinley Explorer
dome rail schedule between Anchorage and Denali to maximize guest time in both
locations. For travel between Denali and Fairbanks, luxury motorcoaches will
be introduced to also increase guest time in both Fairbanks and Denali.
For more information about the Alaska Land+Sea Journeys and Holland America
Line, contact a travelprofessional or call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (1-877-724-5425) or
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About Holland America Line [a division of Carnival Corporation and plc (NYSE:
CCL and CUK)]
Holland America Line's fleet of 15 ships offers more than 500 cruises to 415
ports in 98 countries, territories or dependencies. One- to 110-day
itineraries visit all seven continents and highlights include Antarctica,
South America, Australia/New Zealand and Asia voyages; a Grand World Voyage;
and popular sailings to ports in the Caribbean, Bermuda, Alaska, Mexico,
Canada/New England, Europe and Panama Canal. The line currently has a new ship
on order from Fincantieri shipyard for delivery in February 2016.
Fleetwide, the company features Signature of Excellence enhancements, a
commitment totaling more than $500 million, that showcase the Culinary Arts
Center presented by Food & Wine magazine — a state-of-the-art onboard show
kitchen where more than 60 celebrated guest chefs and culinary experts provide
cooking demonstrations and classes — Explorations Cafe powered by The New York
Times, Digital Workshop powered by Windows, teens-only activity areas and all
new stateroom amenities highlighted by flat-panel TVs and plush Euro-top
Mariner's Dream Beds.
World's Leading Cruise Lines
Holland America Line is a proud member of World's Leading Cruise Lines. Our
exclusive alliance also includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Cunard Line, Princess
Cruises, Costa Cruises and Seabourn. Sharing a passion to please each guest
and a commitment to quality and value, World's Leading Cruise Lines inspires
people to discover their best vacation experience. Together, we offer a
variety of exciting and enriching cruise vacations to the world's most
desirable destinations. Visit us at www.worldsleadingcruiselines.com.
CONTACT: Sally Andrews
/PRNewswire -- Oct. 2, 2013/
SOURCE Holland America Line
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