Apparently this game has been out for 8 years and uses instancing as opposed to open world ANYWAY and you can't simply friend accounts on other ships and bridge them into the same instance with a friend system? Has SEGA been sitting on its laurels and wasting time or what? I now have to pick which friends I will play with and which I won't in 2020 when this could have been made a non-issue a long time ago. Like, that's crap design. Even worse if these are just shards and not physically separated servers. The excuses for that are sucking or an effort to nickle and dime players to make them bounce around. Or force them to be no-lifers who dedicate every waking moment to maxing multiple toons on multiple ships to play with friends who might main on different ships thus ensuring they won't keep up with each other.
Either way its garbage design and should have been addressed years ago. People can say what they want but they can't reason it is player oriented design. It's laziness. Implement a proper friend and party system instead of this servers segregation BS for your instanced game that has enough money to add this QoL feature. Unless you're tanking. In which case, I guess we know why: your failure to reinvest in and improve the product. Tanking or not its still a big example of that.