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‘Base Camp’ Complex Enhances Amenities at HAL’s McKinley Chalet Resort in Alaska

For those guests who have taken a one of Holland America Line’s Land+Sea Journeys, the line’s McKinley Chalet Resort near the entrance to Alaska’s Denali National Park is a welcome retreat that provides beautiful accommodations.

Holland America Line recently broke ground on a new “Base Camp” complex at the property that is expected to be complete for the 2016 Alaska cruise season. Base Camp is part of Holland America Line’s ongoing enhancement program at McKinley Chalet Resort that also includes room updates, upgrades to soft goods and hotel decor and additional modifications.

Getting ready to break ground for the new Base Camp.

Getting ready to break ground for the new Base Camp.

Base Camp will be centrally located between the main part of the property, containing the reception hall, dining facilities and guest rooms, and the riverfront guest rooms that provide stunning views of the Nenana River.


The area is cleared for Base Camp.

The area is cleared for Base Camp.

“Our McKinley Chalet Resort is the premier destination hotel in Alaska, and the addition of Base Camp to this already-spectacular property will make the guest experience all the more memorable and enriching,” said Orlando Ashford, Holland America Line’s president. “Base Camp enables us to showcase Alaska and Denali National Park on a whole new level by bringing even more of the local history to our guests through art, dining and music.”

Base Camp will serve as a new gathering area to relax, shop, dine and enjoy music and entertainment. The largest building in the complex will be the grand 7,800-square-foot restaurant reaching two stories high to showcase views of the neighboring mountains for dining guests. Those wanting to quench their thirst or listen to live music can visit the Gold Nugget Saloon, home to the “Music of Denali Dinner Theater” that becomes a bar and music venue after the show.

At the center of Base Camp is an amphitheater with a covered performance stage and a semicircle of bench seating for guests to enjoy a variety of local shows, ranger talks and demonstrations.

The new location also will feature cozy fire pits to gather around on cool Alaska evenings; outdoor seating for guests who wish to enjoy the scenery; three retail shops offering local goods; and an artist-in-residence cabin where Alaska native and local artists will display and discuss their works.

Walking paths in and around Base Camp show off the property’s mountainous landscapes and beautiful setting nestled just across the Nenana River from Denali National Park.



Spanning nearly 60 acres, the McKinley Chalet Resort currently features 478 rooms, fine and casual dining, an on-site dinner theater, on-site raft departures and walking trails along the Nenana River.

Holland America Line’s Land+Sea Journeys combine the “must-see” of Denali National Park with the “seldom-seen” wonders of the Yukon, including one- or two-night stays in the heart of the Klondike Gold Rush country and up to three-night stays at Denali National Park.

This year, the Land+Sea Journeys run May through September and offer 13 options, ranging in total length from 10 to 20 days in two distinct series: Yukon+Denali Land+Sea Journeys and Denali Land+Sea Journeys. All Land+Sea Journeys combine a three- to seven-night Holland America Line cruise with an overland adventure that includes a one-, two- or three-night stay at Denali National Park as a centerpiece of the Alaska experience.

Each Land+Sea Journey also showcases places such as the gold rush town of Dawson City, charming Seward, historic Fairbanks, colorful Skagway and the historic narrow-gauge White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad.

  • Celeste Stanton

    I am excited about the new base camp. I took the HAL 14 day land and sea tour with a friend years ago. The Chalet was beautiful, but I found good food service scarce in the Denali area where most visitors find accommodations. This sounds exactly what has been needed in the area. Congratulations HAL.

  • Dan & Mary Lapham

    I want to thank you for mailing your brochures this year. 2016 now that we have gotten many things done helping other people in need which was to help them now-2015- we can maybe treat ourselves. My wife has dementia for many years so helping others and now I need to fulfill her dream to go to Alaska so please keep sending us your brochure for 2016-06/16 will be our time to make her dream come true.
    Thank you for not forgetting us-we had to first take care on my mother and some other people in need.
    Dan & Mary Lapham

  • Mary Sipes

    Does HAL offer laundry service packages at the Denali Lodge? We’re taking a land/ cruise vacation in 2 months.

  • Julie

    We do not have laundry packages at Denali. There are self-service coin laundry machines. You can have your laundry done on board if timing works.

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