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 – the year he gave up work to write about cruising full time.
Dave has sailed on 29 cruise lines – AmaWaterways, American Cruise Lines, Azamara, Carnival, Celebrity, Celestyal, CMV, CroisiEurope, Crystal, Cunard, Disney, Hapag-Lloyd, Hebridean, Holland America, Hurtigruten, Marella, MSC, Norwegian, P&O Cruises, Princess, Regent, Riviera, Royal Caribbean, Saga (river and ocean), Seabourn, SeaDream, Silversea, Star Clippers and Viking (river and ocean). He has also visited Crystal River, Fred. Olsen, Oceania, Ponant, Scenic, Virgin, Voyages of Discovery and Windstar ships.
As well as Metro newspaper, Dave has written for the Daily Telegraph, Mail on Sunday, Daily Mirror, Daily Express, Daily Star, World of Cruising, Cruise Trade News and Travel Trade Gazette.
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. He updated the directory for the following two years.
Dave was also a judge in The Wave Awards 2017 and 2018 and deputy chair of judges for 2019. Shipmonk.co.uk was rated among the top ten UK cruise blogs by Feedspot.
In 2018 Dave went on 15 cruises. He was the only UK journalist to attend all the early voyages of Symphony of the Seas, Carnival Horizon, Norwegian Bliss, Marella Explorer, Celebrity Edge, Nieuw Statendam and Azamara Pursuit.
In 2020 he has visited or sailed on new ships Celebrity Apex, Seven Seas Splendor, Scarlet Lady and Fridtjof Nansen. He is due to visit other newcomers Belle des Oceans and Le Commandant Charcot and sail on the 12-passenger Scottish boat Glen Shiel.
Dave can be contacted through the comments section on any of his stories or via his Facebook page.
- As a journalist, Dave often has elements of his cruises provided free of charge by the cruise companies to enable him to test and compare their service. He does not accept sponsorship or advertising and his views remain independent and his own.