The Real Housewives of New York stars are safe after a disastrous cruise trip abroad.
According to reports, the RHONY ladies were covered in vomit and fearing for their lives as the ship they were on CAUGHT FIRE and started SINKING. *GASP*
It’s said the women were preparing to enjoy some fun in the sun aboard a luxury yacht in Cartagena, Colombia, when things quickly descended into chaos. Apparently, the boat was not as lavish as promised, as it was actually a decrepit vessel.
An insider shared with Page Six:
“Once they were ushered on board, the boat couldn’t even move. The anchor got stuck, so the crew had to saw the anchor off before they could sail anywhere. When they got out to sea, the engine caught fire. It was a huge blaze and the crew was fighting to put it out. They didn’t have a fire extinguisher nor did they speak English.”
Uh oh!! Another tipster confirmed the disaster, as they told People:
“The boat was old, beaten up and falling apart. There were no amenities, no food, and a crew that didn’t know what they were doing. I mean, the anchor had to be sawed off before they even departed because it was so rusty and tangled. That’s how bad this was!”
What a nightmare. To make matters worse, the water was VERY choppy, so “the seats and other things on board that weren’t nailed down started flying about.” The ship started taking on water at one point, which was a problem since there were only “two or three life jackets for everyone on board.”
The Page Six source continued:
“They all thought they were going to die and they were hysterical. Bethenny [Frankel], Ramona [Singer] and Dorinda [Medley] were soaked and screaming hysterically, Carole [Radziwill] and Tinsley [Mortimer] were literally throwing up from seasickness. They were far out to sea and they thought they were going down like the Titanic.”
An additional confidant dubbed the trip “the boat ride from hell” and confirmed that “these women survived a horror show.” They relayed:
“They were soaked to the bone, scared shitless, and sick by the end. They were crying out for their lives. When the ship caught on fire, they thought it was over.”
Yikes. Thankfully, the women were rescued by a passing boat, but are understandably traumatized by the experience. Bravo has supposedly offered the cast counseling and is investigating the situation. A rep for the network noted in a statement:
“The Real Housewives of New York City cast was recently on a boat in South America and encountered turbulent water. Thankfully, everyone is fine and was able to continue their vacation as planned. The safety of our cast and crew is paramount and, to that end, we are doing a full investigation.”
We’re sure Bravo is scrambling to clean this PR mess as it’s said the women didn’t want to go on the ship in the first place. In fact, reports claim production “pushed them to continue because they knew it would make good TV.” The first People insider added:
“Ramona and Sonja did their usual [complaining]. Carole, Dorinda, Luann [De Lesseps], and Bethenny tried to have fun with it, as they have with a lot of the sub-par conditions they’ve experienced in Colombia, and just enjoy the ride. But even they changed their tune in the end.”
Oof. One positive thing about this experience is that it “brought them together.” The cast confidant concluded:
“Any feuds that have been carrying through the season were thrown aside. They’re furious with production for putting them in that situation to begin with.”
The cruise disaster wasn’t the only hiccup to occur on the getaway. Allegedly, one cast member got sick due to a parasite and had to wear a diaper. Additionally, all of the travel woes left Singer wheelchair bound at the airport. Smh.
We’re thinking of these ladies during this intense time (but, we’re also counting down the days until Bravo releases the episode associated with this trip.)
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