Wow, I feel like I wrote this myself. I'm doing my first solo on February 1st as well and as the time gets closer I think I must be crazy to do this by myself and at least twice a day I think ok I'm cancelling this and then I think of being on the ship and how much I love cruising. So far there's only a few solo cruisers on my sailing and most of them are more like single cruisers. I understand Carnival is not a good choice for solo cruisers but it is the ship I've been on most of the time and I thought I would be more comfortable on a ship I'm familiar with. Oh well, today I'm in the mindset to just do it and make my own decision if this is for me or not. They do have meet and mingles, slot pulls etc but it seems to be mostly geared for couples and families.
We'll have to compare notes when we get back and report the good bad and ugly for other first time solo cruises. Hopefully we'll have such a good time we can't wait to do it again. Happy sailing.