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If you've grown weary of the full-body scanners, long lines and tumultuous flights hallmark of today's typical flight experience or endured a long land cruise and found it lacking, you might be surprised to know there is an alternative.
It's called an air cruise, or more specifically, a Mauiva AirCruise. The company, first started in Florida as an air charter company, recently released a new travel product combining the multiple itineraries of a traditional cruise with the quick connections of air travel into a new hybrid product. The experiences allow one to enjoy landmarks and activities scattered across the continent in a more timely manner than could be accomplished alone and with less overall hassle because Mauiva utilizes a combination of private plane travel and motor coach service. The consumer is thus given more time to actually experience a destination without the delays of typical commercial plane and car travel.
Each trip accommodates groups ranging from 5 to 30 people, and the company takes care of baggage and check-in services, registration and payment for key tourist attractions, a bilingual guide as well as breakfast, dinner and a snack on board every flight. Currently, there are two experiences in North America: the All American East and Western Wonder; both are guided group vacations. Travelers can book either the Comprehensive Package, which is designed to be the full Mauiva AirCruise group travel experience or a Fly & Drive, which allows the flexibility to see destinations independently while still enjoying the major amenities of private group travel.
So how much does it cost? The company tells us that an average adult couple will spend approximately $3,500 for a 6-day, 5-night Comprehensive Package trip on the east coast that includes lodging at an upscale chain hotel. Fly & Drive packages cost about 1/3 less.
Itineraries and dates can be researched over at the Mauiva AirCruise site, but make sure to also check back on Gading in the coming few days -- rumor has it that we'll also be reviewing one of the trips.
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