Posting your story here as you write it will get you instant feedback so you can see what works/people like, and then if you hit a roadblock then they can offer suggestions and support for how to overcome it.
An interesting idea, I too have always loved the Excelsior-Class and also 'cast' my fanfics as I begin developing the characters--I find it helps keep things clear when describing them physically.
Commander Austin Harris, First Officer, Deep Space Nine (by FltCpt. Bossco)
8.01 - Darkest Before Dawn
(Chapter 8 added, 12/09/2015)