So, given I play at odd/weird/short times, I'm 99.999999999999999% of the time solo - and I kind of like that for a "Star Trek" experience anyway. A captain, in his ship, taking on whatever's thrown at him.
Given that - give me some ideas on good ship/builds for this type of play. I'm in a Science Wessel now, but I'm sure I don't have it set up all that well, and it may not be the best choice anyway. I didn't like the Escort playstyle when I tried it out a couple months ago.
I'm RA, Lower Half (43), and an Engineering captain.
Playing regular missions / exploration solo you shouldn't run into any barriers, regardless which ship or abilities you chose. Therefore I'd say your freedom of choice is just limited to the combinations you can imagine and enjoy.