I'd also love to actually meet a batch of Cruisemates on a cruise, even if it's not an official "group" cruise.
For those of us who are going to have to fly to the embarkation port, a week or longer cruise makes the airfare more worthwhile. Personally I'd prefer Celebrity or HAL, but I'd be willing to do an RCCL or even Carnival if a bunch of other people were going (especially since Carnival frequently has bargain solo rates). How about an Alaska cruisetour later this summer? Or a southern Caribbean the first week of February NEXT year, when we'll all likely be just as sick of that winter as we are of this one right now?