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Mauiva Takes Cruising to the Skies

201204-b-mauiva-aircruisejpgEver heard of an "Air Cruise"? Neither had we. But that’s the MO behind Mauiva, a budding travel company that launched last June with an out-of-the-box idea: bringing the cruise concept out the sea and into the sky. And why not? Taking to the skies means less time in transit, more time to explore, and luxury bragging rights to spare (travelers fly by private plane, and spend nights at four-star hotels along the way). After a quiet—but successful—launch with itineraries on the East and West Coasts, Mauiva is announcing today that it's making waves along one of the most traditional cruise routes—the Caribbean.

Starting this September, passengers can book seven-day, all-inclusive AirCruises through Grand Bahama Island, Grand Cayman, and Cancun for $1,999—no more expensive than a good deal on the high seas. Departures will be every other day from Orlando, with excursions that range from ziplining and swimming with dolphins to exploring the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza.

Our favorite perk? You travel through small, local airports, which means you can get through security in a jiffy and get picked up by your chauffer straight off the tarmac. Though with only 29 seats per voyage, you’ll have to keep your fingers crossed for good company.

What do you think? Would you ever consider replacing your cruise of choice for an aerial alternative? 

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Nikki Goldstein is an editorial assistant at Travel + Leisure.

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