Italian operator MSC Cruises is offering special agents’ rates for test cruises in the Mediterranean.

Outside cabins are available from £35 per person per night and inside cabins from £25 with bookings confirmed subject to availability 45 days before departure.

MSC managing director Claudia Baino said: “It’s our intention to attract as many British agents to try out our truly Italian cruise product.”

Meanwhile, five round-trip Dover cruises on MSC Rhapsody have gone on sale for summer 2007. These include two 11-night cruises to the Norwegian Fjords or the Baltic with prices leading in at £799 per person based on two people sharing an inside cabin, including car parking and a selection of regional coach transfers via London.