Glad to hear things are settling down into a "good cruise" for you.
Please pass on my regards to Mr. Martinolli. I'd met him when he was consulting of Apollo. Nice, nice, man! And as you said.. TONS of knowledge on the cruise industry.
Much of what you've said about the way the ship "operates" I think serves as a good example of why people shouldn't pay to sail new builds (especially new classes of ships) for at least three months.
I bet in that time much of the "operating systems" of the ship, and how the crew adjust to them will be smoothed out.