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 AmaWaterways, Azamara, Carnival, Celebrity, CMV, Crystal, Cunard, Disney, Hapag-Lloyd, Holland America, Marella, MSC, Norwegian, P&O Cruises, Princess, Riviera, Royal Caribbean, Saga River, Seabourn, SeaDream, Silversea, Star Clippers and Viking (river and ocean). He has also visited Crystal River, Fred. Olsen, Ponant, Regent, Saga Ocean, Voyages of Discovery and Windstar ships.
As well as Metro newspaper, Dave has written for the Daily and Sunday Telegraph, Telegraph online, Metro online, the Daily Mirror, Mirror online, Daily Express, Daily Star, 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. He updated the directory for the following year.
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 2019 he visited the first Virgin Voyages ship Scarlet Lady in its French yard and was one of the first journalists on board MSC Bellissima ahead of its christening in Southampton. He has also been invited to see the new Saga ship Spirit of Discovery and NCL newcomer Norwegian Encore.
This year he will sail with Emerald Waterways, Hebridean Princess and Celestyal for the first time.
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.