It all comes down to what you like - there is no need to upgrade to a VA Ship if you don't want to. The VA ships are realy just there so you can fly your favourite Captain Ship with some extra bells and whistles. I still fly around in my Star Cruiser from RA becuase I love the Nomad skin.
Also, as I recal the VA ships were release a fair bit after cap was increased to VA1? (Correct me if I am wrong).
what class are you? the Excelsior Refit
would be a better choice than the gal x. you can save alot of time traveling or getting to your friends. its a fun ship to play around with. i bought the gal x and regret it.