Shell & Bones seafood on Pacific Dawn

(February 10, 2:45 p.m. AEST) – P&O Cruises is cracking open a new seafood venue on Pacific Dawn next month. A first for the cruise line, Shell & Bones debuts on the new-look, Brisbane-based ship in March as part of its multimillion-dollar refurbishment.

The menu features locally-sourced seafood such as Singapore-style crab from Queensland and steamed blue mussels from South Australia. According to P&O, the restaurant is set to “reel in” passengers looking for a tasty seafood treat.

Shell & Bones seafood on Pacific Dawn

Shell & Bones Seafood & Grill will be one of the options at the ship’s new food market, The Pantry, during the day. At night, it will open as a dedicated restaurant, with bookings available, walk-ins welcome and a la carte pricing.

Shell & Bones will also offer meat items from the grill, from beef short ribs to Portuguese-style roast chicken, as well as vegetarian options.

P&O Cruises president Sture Myrmell said the line was hoping to make a splash with the new dining experience, which will be added during Dawn’s dry dock in Singapore.

“Our guests love all the new food offerings we’ve introduced across the fleet over the past two years and they have an appetite for more, so we think they’ll really enjoy Shell & Bones,” Myrmell said.

“There’s really no better time to enjoy seafood than during a holiday at sea. With Shell & Bones, we’ve created a restaurant that captures the way Australians love to eat: with a great menu, the company of family and friends, and the ocean by your side. We think it will be the perfect complement to The Pantry concept, which has already proved so popular on our other ships.”

Shell & Bones seafood on Pacific Dawn

Pacific Dawn returns to Brisbane on March 16 following its refurbishment in Singapore. Fares on the upgraded ship start at $551 per person quad share for a seven-night cruise to the Pacific Islands.

--By Louise Goldsbury, Australia Editor