Are you looking for a more adventurous holiday? Here is Deborah Stone’s next mini-guide to inspire you to choose a cruise with a difference

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Whether you want to follow in the footsteps of Scott and Shackleton, be overwhelmed by the number – and smell – of a colony of penguins or just witness the serenity and beauty of wind-sculpted ice then the Antarctic will be your ultimate challenge.

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The spectacular wildlife includes orcas, humpback and minke whales, seals and sea birds such as petrels. Some cruises to the deep south also include visits to the Falkland Islands where you’ll find the largest black-rowed albatross colony in the world and a warm welcome from the locals.

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Specialists such as Discover The World and Quark Expeditions give you the chance to spend a night under canvas on the ice, go kayaking among icebergs, attempt cross country skiing, or even try your hand at mountaineering and ice wall climbing.

Top Tip:

Only 100 passengers are allowed to land at one time on Antarctica, so small ships are best. Go in November/December to see penguins and albatross or in January/February to see whales.

Chimu Adventures has a 22-day Falklands and South Georgia cruise from £5,579pp, departing 17 October. Chimuadventures.com; 0207 403 8265.

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