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Cruise ship retreats from storm

Royal Caribbean issued a statement on Sunday saying it cancelled the current Anthem of the Seas itinerary as a result of a storm building up on the U.S. East Coast.

The company says the decision was made with passenger safety and comfort in mind, and it follows a recent incident involving the vessel that saw it damaged in a storm on Feb. 7.

“The safety and comfort of our guests and crew is always our first priority,” the company said in a statement. “On a recent sailing, Anthem of the Seas experienced bad weather that was much worse than forecast. Therefore, we want to be extra cautious about our guests’ safety and comfort when it comes to weather in the area. That is why we have decided to head back to Cape Liberty immediately so that we can stay a safe distance from the storm.”

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd faces at least two lawsuits by passengers accusing the company of negligently endangering their lives by letting Anthem of the Seas sail into the February 7 storm, where it encountered 100-mph winds and 30-foot seas.

Click here for the full report by The Maritime Executive.