We were at a press conference with Carnival Cruise president Bob
Dickinson aboard the new Elation. It was more than a week after the
announcement of Carnival Corp.'s purchase of Cunard. The story had
made TV and radio broadcasts as well as headlines in the trade
press, daily newspapers, newsweeklies and business magazines.
Surely no one in the travel industry or the travel press had not
heard the news. So Insider thought. The first 10 minutes of the
session were taken up with Dickinson's fielding questions about
Carnival's intentions for Cunard. Then came a plaintive voice from
the back of the room. "Have I missed something here?" one of the
reporters called out. "Are you guys buying Cunard?" This is the
stuff of reporters' nightmares, and we can only imagine that as
everyone in the room turned to see who asked the question, the poor
fellow must've felt like crawling into the proverbial hole -- or
perhaps vaulting over the rail of the lido deck.