It is my opinion that the Ambassador Class ship should be its own ship and not a skin for the Galaxy Class ships due to the fact that the Ambassador Class ship is indeed smaller.
I believe the developer team is having a difficult time differentiating it from the Galaxy Class. Therefore, I think we need to do some brainstorm for this ship a little bit.
FACT: The Ambassador Class ship was a peacetime ship. Therefore, I think a neat perk idea for this ship would be for it to come with a very rare and two rare diplomat duty officers.
FACT: The Ambassador Class ship came before the Galaxy class. Therefore, I think that the Ambassador Class ship should be the same Tier if not the Tier below the Galaxy Class ship.
Due to the Galaxy Class ship being classified as a Cruiser, I think that the Ambassador Class ship should be classified as a Science Cruiser. This would in affect make the ship lean toward the science ship type but with a hint of still being a cruiser. This would make it a little different from the Galaxy Class Cruiser.
In the TNG show, the Enterprise -C took quite a beating. I think it would be neat therefore to show it is a tough ship by giving it a +10 passive bonus to its shield power setting.
I think it should be a straight Science Vessel of the same Tier as the Galaxy (T4) - though they can make a Refit as well at T5. Making it a Science Vessel give it a little less firepower then the Galaxy; plus it gets more turn rate and less hull, which also fits the base idea, IMO. And it's not unreasonable that Cruiser-like ships in the game get made into Science Vessels. We already have the Nebula and the Devs are talking about the upcoming Vesta also being Science.
The game already has the Odyssey and Starcruiser as Science-Cruisers. We really don't need another, IMO.
nor do we need another big gigantic sci ship that no one will use cause they feel it doesnt handle well enouph lol..
making the nebula a sci ship was the worst mistake ive seen in this game.. at the very least it should have been a cruiser. my thoughts on that are it can be eqquiped to be all three, and the cruisers are generally neutral to all three specs.. however, i feel that the ship should have been released like the odyssey, with a tac version, (sporting the torpedo launcher it currently has in game) the two smaller engines for the eng. cruiser, and the sensor dome for sci (which if they were gonna make it a sci, i dont understand why this was not the pod put on it lol...
however, i would say nay to an ambassoder sci vessel. i would support a ltcmdr sci station on it though...
Yes, it needs some exotic deflector abilities to accidentally create a time rift when hit by torpedos!
So sci heavy cruiser sounds about right.
Plus we don't have a hybrid cruiser at T4 yet. just the Galaxy class, which is pure cruiser.
How about this? Make it a science class (power bonuses, targeting abilities, etc, but pretend its an engineering ship? the Commander power is engineering, but you have a LT Comm, and ensign science power. One LT universal gives a little added survivability too. Something like this
Note if I understand it correctly, the higher impulse modifier will let it accelerate and turn better.
Ambassador (Science Class)
Shields: Standard for Science vessel