Madrinas, coin ceremonies and shakedown voyages explained
‘This story I am about to write is the strangest true tale I can recount. To think we two youths, a mere 17 years old, arranged and went on a fortnight’s hostelling holiday, cycling down […]
To say I was shocked to discover I had an alternative life in the Harry Potter universe is an understatement. One day I was lazily Googling my name and Metro – the newspaper I work […]
Before starting my shipmonk.co.uk blog, I wrote many articles for metro.co.uk – the website of the newspaper where I am deputy editor. I still occasionally do cruise stories in print and online for them. My […]
A Mexican boy who lives 200 miles from the sea has drawn 45 incredibly detailed cruise ships – though he has never seen one in real life.
Saga Sapphire is rather like its passengers – a little dated on the outside but feeling definitely younger on the inside. The 37,000-tonne ship is 30 years old and looks like it should be bobbing […]
[Editor’s note: This post was originally written in 2013] The news that the Duchess of Cambridge will christen the cruise ship Royal Princess in Southampton in June makes her the latest in a line of […]
Inspired by seeing the Titanic film at the age of seven, Harry Cotterill began drawing cruise ships. He set up his own company at 13 and now, having reached the advanced age of 18, has […]
The world’s largest cruise ship will call into Southampton for the first time next year. Oasis of the Seas, which boasts a park, boardwalk and a zipline, will make its maiden visit to the city […]
Five great ships launching this year My article for Metro on Norwegian Breakaway, Royal Princess, Carnival Sunshine, MSC Preziosa and Europa 2.