Fleet Assault Cruiser Refit. Lots of damage output, lots of survivability. Not burdened by too much eng, and graced with a wonderful amount of tac, while still having good science utility. Also it's not an Excelsior. And it comes with the very rugged Imperial skin. Only catch here is that it requires a Tier V shipyard.
Equal to Fleet Excel in Hull and Shield Mod. Slightly inferior in turn rate and inertia. However as handling goes, it's about equivalent. Also it is tactically SLIGHTLY better. Not by much, but it's there. As such it must sacrifice a SLIGHT amount of survivability. However in all other aspects (damage output, self/team heals, overall utility), it's equal.
Both ships tank very well. Both ships deal great damage (as cruisers go). Both ships are adept at their jobs, and can not only give and take it, but can do that while still supporting their team.
I would recommend both ships, but if you can, get the Imperial. Not gonna lie, I am biased and hate the Excelsior. But my observations are still sound, despite my... dislike for one of the candidates.
Fleet Excelsior is a sound choice. I slightly prefer the Fleet Assault Refit because of the ensign tac. I own both ships and recommend them to any aspiring tank who also wants a respectable DPS potential. Stay away from the Odyssey Star Cruiser, which is just the freebie ship everyone got last year. If you want an Ody, get the C-store Tactical version.
If i am not mistaken isn't the star crusier the "tanky" one for T4 so shouldn't the fleet version also be "tanky"? Besides that the fleet star crusier looks bad ass as is next on my hit list now that I have acquired both the fleet heavy cruiser refit and fleet research vessel refits.
Fleet Star Cruiser (Nomad) is different from the Odyssey Star Cruiser. I have never delved much into Star Cruisers, though I assume they would be decent support and heal ships. The Odyssey Star Cruiser is a 9 console obsolete version of the C-store variants.
The standard Assault Cruiser is actually a decent tank. If you are looking for pure tank and are not concerned at all with damage you could pick up the Fleet Galaxy. It has the highest hull hit points of all the fleet cruisers if I'm not mistaken. It is however gimped tactically. I'd personally go with the Fleet Assault Cruiser, if you have access to a T5 ship yard. If your fleet isn't at T5 you should consider the Fleet Advanced Heavy Cruiser Retrofit (the Excelsior) and the Fleet Support Cruiser Retrofit (Ambassador) as they are both good choices as well.