Hi Melissa, we haven't stayed at that Hampton Inn, but Hampton is one of our favorite places to stay.
If they offer the free parking and shuttle to the ship, I'd go for it !
I would check the post cruise shuttle again. Some places don't offer the ride back. If they offer both, Yay!
"A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour."
I too, am not familiar with that particular hotel, but having said that, Rocky Point is a very nice area to spend the night. Right on Old Tampa Bay, and just West of the airport. Probably 20 to 25 minutes to the pier from there. I think there is a Holiday Inn on Rocky Point as well, and they too offer the "park and cruise" option. In any case, not a bad area, and you shouldn't have to worry about your safety, or the safety of your vehicle.