BAYONNE, NEW JERSEY – The cruise ship that was battered by a major storm earlier in February has turned around midtrip to avoid another squall in the Atlantic Ocean.
Royal Caribbean announced on Twitter on Saturday that the Anthem of the Seas ship would return to its home port in Bayonne, New Jersey, to “avoid a severe storm and provide guests with a comfortable journey back home.”
The ship was damaged a day after it set sail on Feb. 6 when it encountered 30-foot (9-meter) waves and hurricane force winds. Its 4,500 passengers hunkered down for hours.
One passenger’s lawsuit claims that people had to hold onto their beds to keep from falling and injuring themselves.
Representatives for the Miami-based cruise line have not responded to requests for comment on Sunday.