There’s a lot of hype and hysteria these days aimed against cruise ships. They’ve become the enemy du jour, especially for cities along the California coast. They get much more media focus than they should if heaven forbid something goes wrong, like someone getting sick, or falling overboard. Sensationalism sells, never mind the fact that these ships are floating communities with all the same issues that a small town would have. We need to keep things in perspective, and not let the hype get amplified, there’s nothing inherently wrong wit cruise ships. They bring tourist money to towns that are struggling otherwise (from a recession that never really ended) to make ends meet. Sure, we need to be vigilant stewards of our environments, and our communities. We need to calm down and be sensible, a really try to set an example as to how civil societies behave.