I do wish there would have been a different path of obtaining new ships. More smaller steps up rather than just the big steps at ranks. Some more variance within a ship class would be nice as well. I am enjoying the leveling pace, but I admit I don't play nearly as much at one sitting as I typically do with a new MMO.
I guess what I'm saying is that it's not that the pace is too fast. It's that there aren't enough steps in the leveling process.