That said, if the 2nd anniversary is any indication, the free ship will most likely be a let down. I am guessing the "free" ship will be something of a preview ship, with stats being ok, but not whatever everyone is hoping or expecting. With the eventual C-store release being more closer to what Cryptic (and hopefully the playerbase) images the Ambassador being. Like they did with the Odyssey-class.
I agree. The "free" version will probably be comparable to the Tier 5 Dilithium ships (i.e. lacking the 10th console, special ability, and with slightly weaker stats all around), while the C-store version will be the premium one.
How many Starfleet Engineers does it take to exchange an Anti-positronic Photon Emitter?