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'Anthem Of The Seas' Cruise Ship Yet Again Forced To Evade Bad Weather

BAYONNE, N.J. (CBSNewYork) -- The cruise ship that had two trips cut short due to storms was yet again trying to avoid bad weather Friday.

Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas left Bayonne, New Jersey Friday morning on a three-day trip to Nova Scotia.

But on Friday night, CBS 2 was told the captain was sailing south to avoid a storm in the Atlantic Ocean.

On Wednesday, the ship had returned to Bayonne five days late from a southern Caribbean cruise. 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.

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 suffered minor injuries.

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