From high mountain peaks to shimmering reefs, spicy salsa rhythms to deep rolling reggae, pirate hideouts to sugar-sand beaches, the Caribbean is incredibly diverse. It’s a lively and intoxicating melting-pot of people and places spread over 7000 islands. But, for all they share, there’s also much that makes each Caribbean island unique. Can there be a greater contrast than between bustling Barbados and the time-warped Cuba? Or between booming British-oriented St Kitts and its sleepy, Dutch-affiliated neighbour Sint Eustatius, just across a narrow channel? Most of the Caribbean islands offer a vast selection of things to see and do. One day you could be snorkelling with stingrays off Grand Cayman, on another climbing waterfalls in Jamaica, zip-lining over St Lucia’s’s rainforest canopy, hiking in Dominica, or kayaking along Grenada’s indented coast. The wide choice of excursions makes the Caribbean ideal cruising territory for families and couples alike.