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Expansion At Princess' 2 Denali Lodges!
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EXPANSION UNDERWAY AT PRINCESS' TWO DENALI LODGES
Company Invests $26 Million in Denali Park Lodge Enhancements
Construction is now well under way at Princess' two Denali National
Park area wilderness lodges - Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge and Mt.
McKinley Wilderness Lodge - as they prepare for next season with $26
million in enhancements. When summer comes, the two lodges will
increase the opportunity for passengers to visit Denali by 75 percent,
satisfying the growing demand for the interior's top attraction, as
well as offer guests more public spaces in which to enjoy the
wilderness atmosphere. This expansion will offer guests greater
opportunity to enjoy Princess' popular multiple night "Maximum
McKinley" tours, spending more time in the land of "The Great One,"
Mt. McKinley - North America's tallest peak.
"This Denali lodge project is an example of Princess' ongoing
commitment to invest in the Alaska experience for our passengers,"
said Dean Brown, Princess' executive vice president of customer
service and sales and CEO/chairman of Princess Tours. "We are
investing significant resources into these properties to further our
goal of offering our passengers the best possible experience during
their visit to this stunning area."
Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge
Guests at Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge, located near the park
entrance, will welcome the property's new 16,000-square-foot built
main lodge building and its "great room." Similar to other Princess
wilderness lodges, the new main lodge structure will give guests a
true wilderness feel, mirroring the size and grandeur of the nearby
park, featuring vaulted ceilings with exposed timbers and 30-foot-high
glass windows framing a view of Denali National Park and Mt. Healy.
This welcoming new lobby area will offer significant open space with
intimate seating areas that double the seating capacity of current
main lodge area. A majestic double-sided stone fireplace towers two
stories, while local art, such as a Mt. McKinley art mural behind
front desk and wildlife sculptures, decorate the lobby. A new "River
Run" deli and espresso bar will serve up coffee, ice cream and
specially baked pastries.
In addition, the lodge "campus" will be transformed with the addition
of walking paths and more than 500 trees and 50 large flower boxes to
add to the relaxing feel. Shoppers will love the addition of five new
shops to create a Main Street walking village, brimming with unique
The lodge expansion will also add 80 new guest rooms and additional
seating in the lodge's premier fine dining venue -- Summit Restaurant.
Set on a bluff overlooking the Nenana River this restaurant serves
Princess' Signature Alaskan Cuisine in the Denali area's finest
McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge
At Princess' other prime Denali property, the Mt. McKinley Princess
Wilderness Lodge, the expansion will allow more guests to enjoy the
lodge's spectacular views of the mountain and will also offer a new
dining option. The project will add 96 guest rooms, the second room
addition since the popular lodge debuted in 1997. The expanded
facility will now offer a total of 334 rooms, giving more guests the
opportunity to experience the stunning views of Mt. McKinley -- the
closest view of the mountain of any other cruisetour lodge.
In addition, the lodge will feature a new dining option - Expedition
Pizza. This additional mealtime choice will feature a casual
atmosphere with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating offering stunning
views of Mt. McKinley.
Both properties are featured as part of Princess 42 cruisetour options
that combine the best of Alaska on land and sea. Not only will
Princess offer the greatest number of land tours to Mt. McKinley next
year, but it is the only company that offers Alaska's two most popular
attractions - Denali National Park and Glacier Bay - on every
Gulf of Alaska cruises and cruisetours for 2004 are now available for
reservations, with special early-booking fares beginning at $799 for a
seven-day voyage, and $1,499 for cruisetours.
To learn more about visiting Alaska with Princess, contact your travel
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