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Storm-battered cruise ship returning to homeport

  • Damage to Royal Caribbean’s ship Anthem of the Seas can be seen on Monday. The ship ran into high winds and rough seas in the Atlantic Ocean on Sunday, forcing passengers into their cabins overnight. (Flavio Cadegiani via AP)

BAYONNE, N.J. » A cruise ship is returning early to its New Jersey port after it was battered by a major storm in the Atlantic Ocean.

Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas is scheduled to dock at Bayonne’s Cape Liberty at 9 p.m. Wednesday. A team of Coast Guard inspectors will determine the extent of damage.

The ship was carrying 4,500 passengers and 1,600 crew members when it departed Saturday on a seven-day cruise to the Bahamas. But the 1,141-foot vessel sailed into a major winter storm on Sunday.

Powerful winds and waves as high as 30 feet tossed the vessel around. Royal Caribbean says four passengers reported minor injuries and the ship sustained some damage to its public areas and staterooms.

Passengers will get a full refund and a certificate toward 50 percent off a future cruise.

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