March of the Penguins

Discover a little piece of Britain in the South Atlantic with the Falkland Islands, renowned for their bird life and vast colonies of penguins that range from comical rockhoppers and elusive macaronis to the majestic king (pictured) and inquisitive gentoo penguins. The islands are also home to the Falkland flightless steamer duck and more than 70 per cent of the world’s black-browed albatross. Antarctica is famous for its stunning landscapes, complemented by penguins and seals, millions of seabirds and waters inhabited by numerous species of whales, including humpback, minke and orca.

Leading small ship polar cruise company One Expeditions has a choice of 10- and 11-night itineraries designed to allow passengers to spend more time in Antarctica, with the added bonus of seeing King Penguins on the Falkland Islands on most departures (For more info go to oneoceanexpeditions.com).