As with any type of holiday, cruise ships are likely to be busiest during the peak summer season and school holidays.
When the ship is quieter, passengers will have more space and won’t have to interact with other guests as much.
The passenger added: “If you truly dislike people, then upgrade to a balcony room or suite, pay the priority upgrades, pay the dinner upgrades, book the more expensive excursions and definitely book outside of peak season.
“You can thin down the herd and upgrade the people that you do get exposed to. Not all cruises are hell traps.”