I received an email from Carnival Corp & Plc Investor Relations this afternoon (disclosure: I am a Carnival Corp & Plc shareholder, with just enough shares to receive the shareholders’ benefit). It was headed “Carnival Corporation Launches First of Two New Ships in 2015 as World’s Largest Cruise Company Continues to Enhance its Industry-Leading Fleet”, and it contained a link to a new press release which in part was about the naming of Britannia today (as the first of the two ships this year). I read the press release and suddenly realised that there was no mention of Her Majesty’s presence at the ceremony or of the fact that she had performed the naming. Nor was it the case that this press release was just about the business aspect of the launch of a new ship – there was a paragraph about the event itself, as follows:
Carnival Corporation President & CEO Arnold Donald, Carnival UK Chairman David Dingle and Carnival UK CEO David Noyes along with distinguished guests, government officials and the ship’s crew helped welcome Britannia to the fleet at today’s naming ceremony.
As you can see, plenty of mention of Carnival Corp bigwigs, but no mention of Her Majesty.
I’ve sent an email to the department that issued the email to express my unhappiness, and asking them to issue a revised press statement.
Here’s a link to the press release.