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.READ MORE: NYPD: Delivery Worker Stabbed To Death, E-Bike Stolen Near Sara D. Roosevelt Park
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.”READ MORE: Gabby Petito Foundation Holds Fundraiser On Long Island
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.MORE NEWS: Police: Suspect In Killing Of New Rochelle Taxi Driver Taken Into Custody After Shootout In Brooklyn
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