Want to be a granfluencer on your next cruise? Try these ten chic tips

On a cruise ship off the coast of Greenland, a group of passengers adapts immersion suits, high-tech pool gear designed to keep us alive for 24 hours if we fall off our kayaks, assuming we don’t get eaten by wearing a pool beforehand.

“I can’t wait to hit the ice,” said Gwen, a 78-year-old former primary school teacher, and grandmother of eight children from Sydney. She bowls, learns to play the ukulele, and is the first to go down the stairs and enter the zodiac.

Welcome to the Over-65s – fit, fun, and in a category that dubs The New York Times Influencers.

Gwen is first in the restaurant in the morning, in her cream polo-neck sweater and Patagonia ski clothes, chatting happily with everyone.

Our fellow passengers are mostly elderly French couples, drinking une tisane at breakfast in striped Breton sweaters and navy-blue quilted jackets with strategically tied Hermes scarves, order champagne for lunch, and playing backgammon in the afternoon by the fireplace.

Each guest gets a giant orange faux fur hooded parka to wear for the duration of the cruise, and they also have a big dollop of French chic over them, in the sense of extreme sport and polar expedition.

Want to be a granfluencer on your next cruise?  Try these ten chic tips

Unpacked once… and that’s it!

There is something wonderful about being in one cabin for two weeks and only having to unpack once. There is the option to retire to your house to change for lunch and dinner, which has a kind of old-world elegance.

There are also no influencers taking selfies at the table and modeling bikinis in the snow, just naturalists and ornithologists pacing the decks with long-lens cameras and getting giddy with excitement when they spy on an Arctic gull.

The ship, Ponant’s Le Commandant Charcot, is a new ship with all the details of a chic Parisian hotel, meaning all cashmere-clad guests smell like Diptyque Figuier body wash.

Cruising has taken more than a few hits over the years, a form of tourism criticized for its destructive environmental impact. Still, cruise ships have gotten serious about respecting the ecosystem and leaving minimal footprints.

In a way, this is definitely the time to wear all those navy classics that the French wear so well. So if there’s a cruise ahead and you want to keep up with Gwen, don’t forget to pack…

A navy blue double-breasted pea coat. It won’t work in freezing temperatures, but you’ll look great onboard. Silk scarves over a thin sweater, Large, minimalist jewelry, Knitted trousers and matching wrap-around cardigans, Angora hats or a knitted beret indoors, A strand iped sailor T-shirt. I mean, why not? A ‘lopapeysa’, those Icelandic fair isles sweaters that the Nordic noir detectives wear, slightly scratchy but super warm Aviator sunglasses Cream or brown leather sneaked rs, and Tinted sunblock that gives you an instant tan against silver hair.

It’s Granfluencer chic.

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