Storm-battered cruise ship returns to homeport

BAYONNE, N.J. (AP) -- A cruise ship has returned 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 set docked at Bayonne's Cape Liberty around 8 p.m. Wednesday.

FOX 29's Shawnette Wilson was live as passengers returned.

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

The captain asked passengers to stay in their cabins as 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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