The cruise ship that battered by a major storm in the Atlantic Ocean returned to its New Jersey port Wednesday night, and as passengers disembarked the Anthem of the Seas, steps on land marked the end of a rocky voyage.
The azipod was replaced, Rowe said, and Coast Guard officials were examining it along with the ship's lifeboats and other safety equipment to see if they meet standards.
Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas docked at Bayonne's Cape Liberty shortly after 9 p.m., its passengers cheering wildly.
The National Weather Service's Ocean Prediction Center released a forecast last Thursday - before the ship even set sail and three days before the liner encountered trouble - warning of wave heights between 23 and 31 feet in the precise area where Anthem of the Seas battled through 30-foot waves Sunday evening.
The 31-year-old Edgmont resident and her husband, Adrian, 35, were aboard Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas Sunday when, en route to Port Canaveral, Fla. from Bayonne, N.J., they became engulfed in a severe storm that churned out waves so high, they blocked the view of the sky. News 4 Investigates finds out how a captain could make the mistake of sailing his ship directly into a risky storm.
Julie Jacobson/AP Passengers from the Royal Caribbean cruise ship exit the terminal after arriving at the Cape Liberty cruise port February 10, 2016.
The line promised passengers full refunds of the fares they paid for the cruise and a credit for a future cruise equal to 50 percent of the fare.
A family from the Ottawa community of Stittsville is glad to be back on solid ground - after a harrowing adventure aboard a cruise ship off the coast of North Carolina.
In this specific case, the only meaningful action holding the possibility of justice for the people involved and any charges against the cruise line must come from the country where the ship is registered, The Bahamas.
How was the ship allowed to sail when meteorologists were predicting a storm in the area four days earlier?
At least four passengers suffered minor injuries. But with repairs now complete, the ship is scheduled to return to the seas next week as it embarks on yet another journey.
Royal Caribbean said the storm was more severe than expected.
"I'm not going to hold it against them I'm just never going to cruise again", says passenger Frank McHugh.
A few passengers have called him but his firm probably won't represent any of them.