Australians are travelling for three weeks more than pre-Covid times, with the Mediterranean as the top destination, according to Regent Seven Seas.

Lisa Pile Vice President Sales & General Manager Asia Pacific at the launch of David Jones’ cruise collection, said her clients were travelling up to two months at a time.

“Pre-Covid, Australians were travelling up to five weeks a year. Nowadays, Aussies are travelling between five and eight weeks a year and they are going on world cruises or back-to-back cruises with Regent.

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A glass of chilled French bubbles at Regent pop-up lounge at David Jones

“Australians love to travel – it’s in our DNA and they are travelling to Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, then doing a river cruise and back to another ocean cruise. Australians just love to cruise because it is such a lovely way to travel.”

Ms Pile was talking to a gathering of well-heeled, top women shoppers from luxury retailer David Jones at a high tea event held at the flagship Sydney store on the 7th floor to mark the partnership between the two high-end brands – Regent and DJs.

Lisa Pile and Steve Odell of RSSC
Lisa Pile and Steve Odell of RSSC

In a room decorated with gorgeous flowers in hues of red, pink and peach and to the classical sounds of a solo violinist, the store’s top shoppers nibbled on cucumber and egg finger sandwiches and sipped Pommery champagne as Ms Pile and the store’s two senior stylists, Jared Pottier and Alicia Tassone went through the paces of how to dress for a luxury cruise line such as Regent.

How to dress for a luxury cruise

“Nowadays, it all about understated luxury and elegant chic,” says Ms Pile.

David Jones' senior stylist Jared Pottier
David Jones’ senior stylist Jared Pottier

Mr Pottier said many of the store’s top personal shoppers often need stylists’ advice on what to wear for events. Men travellers, on the other hand, prefer to shop for holiday gear, work clothes or for the theatre.

Regent’s Chief Sales Officer, Steve Odell says, for men, it is more about being smart casual without the need to wear a dinner jacket in the evenings.

RSSC’s Steve Odell, Caroline Smith and Lisa Pile outside window display at David Jones

Over the next five days until 10 March, part of David Jones’ 7th floor has been turned into a pop-up Regent Cruise Lounge for shoppers to drop-in and enjoy a glass of chilled French champagne while learning more about the line’s vast range of sailings around the world from Africa, North America, Europe and Asia. Shoppers can also enter a draw to win a $250 David Jones voucher. They can also sign up for a styling experience with one of the store’s stylists on how to dress for a cruise or an event – served with champagne and cheese.

There are also eye-catching window displays at the store’s Elizabeth Street portraying Regent’s luxurious suites, Grandeur’s Compass Room Restaurant and the line’s most popular Mediterranean itineraries calling at Nice, Cannes and Saint Tropez.

Five top tips on how to dress for a luxury cruise onboard Regent Seven Seas Cruises

  1. Understated luxurious dresses for women
  2. Elegant chic clothes for day and evening wear
  3. Quiet luxury tops without screaming the brand’s logo
  4. Smart casual attire for men
  5. Men do not need a dinner jacket in the evenings

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