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.