IIRC in "Encounter at Farpoint" Picard orders Riker to handle the docking of the saucer and, when Picard asks if he had done so before, Riker claimed that he had "preformed the maneuver" before on the Hood, which I believe was an Excelsior, right?
Maybe I'm thinking of the novelization... been a while since I actually watched it, I could have my memory wrong.
The USS. Hood NCC-42296 was seen on the TNG episode Tin Man. And it was a Excelsior class starship.