Cruise ship damaged by hurricane-force winds forced to turn around again

The cruise ship that was battered by a major storm earlier this month has turned around midtrip to avoid another squall in the Atlantic Ocean.

Anthem of the Seas heads to New Jersey to 'avoid severe storm'

The ship's weeklong cruise to the Bahamas started Feb. 7 from Cape Liberty, N.J., but the vessel ran into high seas off the Carolinas the following day. (LeannePetronne/Twitter )

The cruise ship that was battered by a major storm earlier this month has turned around midtrip to avoid another squall in the Atlantic Ocean.

The deck of the Anthem of the Seas was just one part of the ship left damaged in the storm that rocked the ship on Feb. 8. (Flavio Cadegiani/via AP)

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 nine-metre 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.

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