Most of what we are discussing is a reaction to what we have seen in the media and the way they treat the cruise industry in cases like this.
It's a funny thing. When the forum topic is cruise safety, there is frantic agreement that cruising is the safest thing ever. Safer than hometowns, or land vacations, or leaving your bedroom .... just incredibly, outrageously different and SAFE. The public buys into this line.
Yet when something awful happens, the forum response is frantic agreement that it is terribly unfair to focus on the cruise industry ... because this sort of thing happens everywhere.
The media, more than any other industry, lacks government regulation and hence is governed almost soley by the free market. Cruise crime or mysterious death sells in the free market. There isn't any nefarious person or group controlling that or trying to besmirch the industry. They are only airing what people are interested in watching because that is what the public is interested in watching.
Simply because it is so unusual for someone to die violently on a cruise vacation that when a tragedy occurs, people flock to TV and the press to learn all the lurid details. If such incidents happened routinely such as do suicides from associated with other public venues such as bridges, etc., nobody would care and you'd therefore never hear about it simply because it wouldn't be "news."
It's the same story with the Norovirus or "cruise virus." The Norovirus (also known as the "Norwalk virus") is the second most prominent virus in the United States and is currently sweeping the country. Yet when was the last time anyone remembers picking up the paper and learning that the virus had felled tens of thousands in a major city? Sometimes one can read about such vast illness but inasmuch as the virus is also widely referred to as "stomach flu," nobody pays any attention.