Antarctica is naturally unpredictable but dazzling sightings of marine mammals are almost a certainty. Sailing round-trip from Ushuaia and departing December 9, Ponant’s very comfortable Le Soléal will attempt to land passengers at four or five different sites, where you will encounter whales and dolphins, penguins, seabirds  and leopard seals, all against a constant vista of towering, blue-white icebergs.  There are visits to research stations, and experts accompany the expedition to  provide inside information about this incredible environment.

  •  From €6,960 per adult plus €540 port tax; flights to Ushuaia extra (0820 225050,