If you're keen to explore chic, glamorous destinations upon embarking on cruises from the UK, it is well worth heading to Rosyth. As the Scottish town is one of the country's biggest ports, you can go on a range of sojourns that will lead you to some of Europe's most exciting cities, while travelling in total style and comfort.
Whether you want to explore the vast open spaces of northern Europe or spend a little time in historic towns like Aalborg, you will find a cruise from Rosyth suitable for your particular requirements.
One destination that is certainly popular among those hopping on to cruise ships that depart the town is Norway. This beautiful country is famous for its diverse landscapes, which include glaciers, fjords and mountains, and, depending on the time of year you visit, you could even catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights - or the Aurora Borealis, as they are also known.
Although the stunning Norwegian scenery can be comfortably viewed from your luxurious ship to get a real appreciation for it, you will need to step on to dry land and explore the terrain firsthand on foot. In doing so, you could take a walk on the Kjenndalen Glacier - which forms part of the Jostedal Glacier, the biggest glacier in mainland Europe - before hiking through the foothills of the seven mountains that surround Bergen.
You could also head to Alesund. This pretty settlement - which is situated on the north-western coast - has a range of buildings constructed in the art nouveau style, many of which you can visit. Afterwards, you can see exotic marine life at the Atlanterhavsparken aquarium before going to the city's historic harbour.
If you want to go on European cruises that encompass stops at several destinations, look out for Baltic tours that depart from Rosyth. These take in some of the continent's most famous cities, including the Estonian capital of Tallinn and its Danish counterpart Copenhagen, and will provide lots of variety.
One definite highlight of such a break will be St Petersburg. The Russian metropolis contains a vast array of historic landmarks from the Alexandrian Column, which was built in honour of emperor Alexander I, to the Winter Palace. With the city containing dozens of canals and rivers, there is ample opportunity to explore the local waterways while travelling in a small boat.
It's also possible to spend some time in Aalborg. This is a historic Danish city that contains the stunning Budolfi Cathedral - a building that known the world over for its opulent interior - and the 18th-century town hall that is constructed in the baroque style.
You should also look into booking luxury cruises that leave Rosyth and travel to Iceland. This is a great place to spot whales, with around half the species of the mammal (including the minke and humpback varieties) thought to be living in the surrounding waters.
Alternatively, you may want to spend some time firmly on dry land and take in the sights of Reykjavik, the nation's capital. Here, you will find the beautiful Hallgrimskirkja church - which has a 73 m tower - and can take in stunning exhibits at the Reykjavík Museum of Photography. After leaving Iceland, you can stop off at the Faroe Islands to explore the historic capital of Torshavn before heading back to Rosyth and finally home.