The ship was delayed in arriving back in Bayonne because of a medical emergency onboard this week’s sailing. Royal Caribbean sent out an email to passengers who had to stay booked on the May 18 cruise explaining the reasons for the shortened trip.
The email says that "during Anthem of the Seas’ current sailing, a guest needed urgent medical attention" and the cruise line had "to conduct an emergency medical evacuation." Royal Caribbean rerouted the ship to get the passenger to the nearest hospital. The evacuation is said to have been successful.
Due to the unforeseen circumstances, the arrival and departure of Anthem of the Seas from Cape Liberty, New Jersey, was delayed and consequently, the itinerary had been adjusted. The check-in is on Sunday, May 19, between 7:00-10:00 pm. and the ship sets sail at 11:00 pm.
Due to the accident, the ship will now be just a day in Bermuda with a couple of sea days.
Passengers who wish can cancel the cruise and receive a full refund. Those who prefer to embark will receive a refund of 2 days and a future cruise credit equal to 2 days of the cruise price they paid. The original itinerary had Anthem of the Seas leaving Saturday afternoon, May 18.
For other Anthem of the Seas accidents and incidents see at the ship's CruiseMinus page.