IMHO it won't effect the prices at all. You do not see a drop in airline prices when you have a crash that kills a hundred or so. I believe that sensible, logical folks will see this event as an abnormally. Cruise bashers on the other hand will try and exploit the situation with as much negative press as possible. We are booked on the Carnival Dream for an Oct 2012 cruise and I have no intentions of cancelling it.