Compagnie du Ponant hosts cruises that depart from the southernmost tip of Argentina to Antarctica. Cruises start at about $10,000 and last for 10 days.
A team of on-board naturalists help identify gentoo, Adélie, king and emperor penguins.
13. Red panda
Red pandas share little in terms of appearance with their monochromatic cousins, the great pandas.
With a bushy, ringed tail like a raccoon, pointed ears and reddish-brown coloring like a fox and short legs, these arboreal balls of fluff have always been difficult to classify.
The red panda sleeps with its tail wrapped around its body, and is identifiable by russet fur with white patches on the snout, "eyebrows," cheeks and ears.
There are few of these adorable animals in the wild and their shyness makes them hard to find.
To see a red panda contact one of several conservation and research centers for pandas in China, such as Chengdu Panda Base. The research center also has enclosures for great pandas, golden monkeys and South China tiger.
12. Beluga whale
About four meters long, the white, baby-faced beluga whale, which makes its home in the colder seas of the Arctic and sub-Arctic, is about one-fifth the size of a blue whale.
With its relatively small size, benign facial structure and lump on the forehead (called a melon), the beluga whale is undeniably adorable.
While beluga whales in captivity and can chirp on command and blow bubbles, those who'd rather see this animal in the wild can contact Sea North Tours, based in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada, which operates a Beluga and Fort Tour.
Churchill is also known for its Polar Bear Jail, where bears who've wandered too far into town are incarcerated for their own safety.
11. Clown fish
Sure, real clown fish can't talk or pop open their eyes for that comic Pixar effect, but they can do cooler things, such as switch genders.
Clown fish can be found with their aquatic buddies, the sea anemones.
The sea anemone's poison -- which doesn't affect the clown fish -- protects the clown fish from predators and the clown fish pays for the protection by eating the anemone's leftovers and keeping the house clean.
Apo Island in the Philippines has a Marine Sanctuary with a clown fish city, with hundreds of clown fish milling about in bright orange schools.
An indigenous South American rodent, the chinchilla offers another example of how dangerous it can be to be cuddly.
The chinchilla was hunted almost to extinction in the 19th century for its plush pelts.
According to Harold Meadow's "The Chinchilla," as quoted on Save the Wild Chinchilla, while humans have one hair per follicle, the chinchilla has 50.
Seeing a chinchilla in the wild is difficult. They're few in number and live at altitudes that spell out death for most of us valley-dwelling humans.
The closest you might be able to get is to visit Las Chinchillas National Reserve, a chinchilla sanctuary in Chile run by the Chilean National Forest Corporation (CONAF)(Spanish). Let's Go Chile, a Chilean tourist company, has a guide on its website.
For chinchillas in the wild, you can try the mountains outside the Chinchillas National Reserve (Reserva Nacional Las Chinchillas).