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(CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.) — A Royal Caribbean cruise ship that was rocked by hurricane-force winds overnight is sailing back to port in Bayonne, New Jersey.

The decision to change course came after the Anthem of the Seas experienced turbulent weather overnight off the coast of the Carolinas. The ship was headed to the Bahamas.

Furniture tumbled over, ceilings fell down and table-top objects crashed to the floor as 30-foot waves battered the ship. No one was seriously injured. 

just a little bit of the damage so far. boat is still rocking. #anthemoftheseas #overthis #150mphwinds #rocktheboat pic.twitter.com/veRMtGzBbE

— Leanna Petrone (@LeannaPetrone) February 8, 2016

About 4,000 people were ordered to stay in their cabins.

Some passengers reported the ship was tilting (or “listing”) at 45 degrees.

…and some more. #anthemoftheseas #overthis #rocktheboat pic.twitter.com/pvBjYa6CrM

— Leanna Petrone (@LeannaPetrone) February 8, 2016

 The ship left from Cape Liberty, New Jersey, Saturday for a seven-night cruise to the Bahamas. The ship was originally scheduled to dock in Port Canaveral, Florida, around noon Monday.

Royal Caribbean said in a statement that the ship’s seaworthiness has not been affected in spite of the “extreme wind and sea conditions” which included “wind speeds higher than what was forecasted.”

“In an abundance of caution, the Captain asked all guests to stay in their stateroom until the weather improved,” the company said in a statement. “At this time there have not been any serious injuries reported.”

The U.S. Coast Guard was also aware of the incident and said it will “continue to monitor the situation.”

“After seeing pictures and people’s comments on Twitter and other social media platforms, the USCG contacted the Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas to check in,” spokesman Mark Barney said. “The ship said that everything was fine, and no distress calls have been issued.

“The ship was caught in the storm off the shore of Charleston. There are 40 plus knot winds and large swells,” Barney said.

It appears that the worst of the storm may be over. One passenger tweeted a picture showing the kitchen staff at their posts, feeding people as they came out of their cabins.

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