BAYONNE - A Royal Caribbean cruise ship will have to return to New Jersey ahead of schedule after it suffered minor damage during a windy storm.
Four passengers on the Anthem of the Seas suffered minor injuries after strong winds and large waves caused the vessel to rock wildly Sunday.
The ship was heading to Cape Canaveral, Florida, but a decision was made to return to New Jersey after the ship was damaged.
Passengers posted pictures and videos on social media that showed overturned furniture, broken glassware and part of a ceiling collapsed in a public corridor. The captain made all passengers stay in their cabins until the storm passed early Monday morning as a precaution.
Anthem of the Seas left New Jersey Saturday for what was supposed to be a seven-night voyage to the Bahamas. More than 4,500 passengers and more than 1,600 crewmembers were on board. The ship is sailing back to its New Jersey home port at Cape Liberty and is expected to return by Wednesday.
Florida Senator Bill Nelson is calling on federal safety officials to look into the incident. Nelson questions why the ship would have sailed into a storm that had been forecast days before.
A spokesperson for Royal Caribbean says that passengers will receive full refunds and a 50 percent off credit for a future cruise.