Dave Monk has been a journalist for 40 years, most recently as deputy editor of Metro, Britain’s best-read daily paper. He began writing about cruising in 2005 and was voted best blogger in the Cruise International Awards 2016. He regularly updates shipmonk.co.uk, and also has Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn pages.
Lines Dave has sailed on include Royal Caribbean, P&O Cruises, Disney, Celebrity, Princess, Norwegian, Carnival, MSC, Hapag-Lloyd, Silversea, Seabourn, Viking, Cunard, Crystal, Star Clippers, Holland America, Marella, CMV, Azamara, AmaWaterways and Saga River. He has also visited Saga Ocean, Voyages of Discovery, Windstar, Ponant, Regent Seven Seas and SeaDream ships.
As well as Metro newspaper, Dave has written for the Sunday Telegraph, Telegraph online, Metro online, the Daily Mirror, Mirror online, World of Cruising and Cruise Trade News.
In 2017 he edited three supplements on river, luxury and adventure voyages for World of Cruising, as well as the magazine’s 116-page Annual Planner, including a directory of every major cruise line and every ship. Dave was also a judge in The Wave Awards 2017 and 2018. Shipmonk.co.uk was rated among the top ten UK cruise blogs by Feedspot this year.
In 2018 Dave has lined up 14 cruises. He was the only UK journalist to attend all the launches of Symphony of the Seas, Carnival Horizon, Norwegian Bliss, Marella Explorer and Azamara Pursuit. On top of that, he was invited on to Celebrity Silhouette as it began a UK season as well as the revamped Independence of the Seas.
Still to come this year are a cruise on Viking Sea from New York to Montreal, sailing with Riviera Travel on the Rhône in France and, finally, an inaugural voyage on Celebrity Edge.
Dave can be contacted through the comment section on any of his stories or via his Facebook page.