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STORM FEAR, NOROVIRUS OUTBREAK HIT CRUISE SHIP

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Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas, the cruise ship battered by a major Atlantic storm earlier this month, is cutting another trip short, the ship’s operators said on Twitter.

Royal Caribbean tweeted Saturday that the ship, suffering from a norovirus outbreak and trying to avoid a possible severe storm, is returning to its home port of Bayonne, N.J., on Sunday to “provide guests with a comfortabl­e journey back home.”

One of the world’s newest and biggest cruise ships, the 168,666ton Anthem encountere­d a powerful storm on Feb. 6 that damaged the vessel and left passengers shaken.

The storm forced the captain to confine passengers to their cabins overnight while “extreme wind and sea conditions” buffeted it during a seven-day voyage from Bayonne to Port Canaveral, Fla., and the Bahamas.

At least four passengers were injured, though none seriously, during the early February storm, according to Royal Caribbean.

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