BigJohn, sniff, sniff. It IS nice to have a little place in the cyber world where you know you can come for fun and cruise talk, as well as support and understanding. CruiseMates is just that for many folks. You said "I am really pleased to be a part of this website". I couldn't agree with you more!
As for the "eyeball to eyeball" part, why not book a CruiseMates group cruise and do just that-meet some of your fellow posters.
I would love to meet you on the Pirates of the Texaribbean CruiseMates Cruise next February!
Now, YOU have a GREAT day!