we're not looking to spend a lot here, just something with a complimentary airport shuttle and the ability to arrange for transportation to the cruise ship the next day--help?
Best affordable pre cruise hotel??
First things first. Did you reach out to your travel agent?
Second , if not did you speak to any consultant at the cruise line?
The cruise lines or a smart agent will have looked into this for you. If you contact the cruise line and they make the arrangements, often times your luggage and a bit of the pre-boarding stuff can be taken care of at the Hotel. Princess did this for us.
So look into that option.
Enjoy your cruise.
I always use one of the big travel websites that package hotel and air together. I did this for upcoming trip to Florida and got great price on air and hotel. you can sort by free air port pick shuttle and other requirements.
What is your cruise port?