BAYONNE, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A cruise ship that was previously battered by a major storm in the Atlantic Ocean has returned to port early, cutting short another cruise.

Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas docked in Bayonne, New Jersey, on Wednesday morning.

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The ship was scheduled to return from a southern Caribbean cruise on Friday. However, cruise line spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez said planned stops in Barbados and St. Kitts were skipped so the 1,141-foot ship could avoid predicted strong winds and rough seas.

“I think that they are being proactive, I think the company is being proactive, which is excellent,” a passenger named Kathy told 1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck. “Yes, I’m disappointed that my vacation was cut short, but I’d much rather be safe than sorry.”

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The company said the captain was following a new storm avoidance policy that was instituted after the ship was damaged last month when 4,500 passengers hunkered down for hours because of 30-foot waves and hurricane force winds. Four sustained minor injuries.

Martinez also said a small number of the ship’s 6,000 passengers and crew have been treated for what’s believed to be norovirus.

“I do believe that some people were getting sick, but I don’t believe it was an intense as maybe the rumors out there,” passenger Kathy said.

Royal Caribbean said it had nothing to do with the decision to return.

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