Kristi Wait and her husband woke up to smoke in their cabin early Sunday morning.
"It happened at 5:00 in the morning. The captain had made an announcement over the loud speaker for the alpha team, so we knew something big had been going on. Just within a few minutes we smelled smoke in our cabin," Wait explained.
She said they grabbed their friends in the cabin next door and ran to the deck where they captured video of the smoke using their cell phones.
"The big smoke stack on the back of the boat was definitely on fire. They say in deck two they were evacuating pretty quickly, banging on doors telling people to grab their life jackets," Wait explained.
East Texas passenger Gale Suggs said she and her husband knew something had gone wrong, but didn't know the extent of the damage.
"It was quite a ways into the day when we found out they were not going to be able to restore power," Suggs said.
"Everyone has opted to pretty much move out of their rooms. If you have an inside cabin, there's no daylight so you can't see anyway. We moved out of our cabin the first day because it was starting to smell. I'm not going to lie, it was gross of urine and feces and things backing up in the drain," Wait said.
Despite a series of horrific events, these passengers said everyone is relatively calm and the staff is doing the best they can.
"I think they are doing a wonderful job with what they have to work with. And you know, just in the last couple of days they have started up entertainment. They've got all the youth directors working with the children. You know, running power lines everywhere they can to amplify music and comedy shows," Suggs explained.
They said helicopters and other cruise ships have delivered food, water and supplies.
"We've not gone hungry for sure. They're keeping water coming, drinks coming. Food is plenty, you just have to wait for it. You know, there's lines, you stand in line in two or three hours sometimes," Suggs said.
As they count down the hours, these passengers remain positive.
"Take everything with a grain of salt. This stuff can't be helped. We are safe and that's the main thing. It could be way worse and we're fine," Wait said.
Monday, May 20 2013 12:48 PM EDT2013-05-20 16:48:49 GMT
The Sam's Club in Aiken opened its hiring center Monday morning. The new Sam's Club on Jefferson Davis Highway is set to open this fall. The store is looking to fill nearly 200 full-time and part-timeMore >>
The Sam's Club in Aiken opened its hiring center Monday morning. The new Sam's Club on Jefferson Davis Highway is set to open this fall. The store is looking to fill nearly 200 full-time and part-time positions. Club Manager Gerald they've already had 100 applicants before 11 a.m.More >>
Sunday, May 19 2013 11:31 PM EDT2013-05-20 03:31:42 GMT
Relatives and dozens of Beech Island community members gathered today in front of Island Cuts Barbershop to remember Zann Worrell. "I was totally surprised and very happy that everybody came out becauseMore >>
Dozens of Beech Island residents gathered tonight to remember Zann Worrell, who was fatally shot in his barbershop on Saturday afternoon.More >>
Sunday, May 19 2013 6:18 PM EDT2013-05-19 22:18:38 GMT
Aiken County deputies say they searched with New Ellenton police officers for two armed men who shot dogs on Sizemore Avenue on Saturday night. Aiken County deputies say they started searching for the suspectsMore >>
UPDATE: Neighbors are shocked after two suspects shot three dogs in a New Ellenton neighborhood Saturday night. More >>
Sunday, May 19 2013 4:20 PM EDT2013-05-19 20:20:12 GMT
One person has been transported to the hospital after being shot at Axis Barbershop in Beech Island. Aiken County dispatch said it happened around 2:30 p.m. Saturday. There are at least two suspects,More >>
Aiken County Coroner's office has confirmed that 32 year old Zann Worrell Jr. of North Augusta died at GRU Medical Center on May 18, 2013 at 3:37 p.mMore >>
Sunday, May 19 2013 3:11 PM EDT2013-05-19 19:11:10 GMT
Richmond County Dispatch confirms there has been a stabbing at a Family Dollar. Deputies say it happened on the 2900 block of Dean's Bridge Road around 7:18 tonight. Information is limited at this tiMore >>
UPDATE: Richmond County investigators said Tonya S. Terry was stabbed several times in the chest area inside the Family Dollar on Dean's Bridge Road Saturday evening.More >>
Sunday, May 19 2013 10:04 AM EDT2013-05-19 14:04:50 GMT
Richmond County dispatch received a call around 7:20 a.m. that the Millbrook Apartment building was on fire located off of Skinner Mill Road. Firefighters were on the scene until around 8:30 a.m. No injuriesMore >>
Richmond County dispatch received a call around 7:20 a.m. that the Millbrook Apartment building was on fire located off of Skinner Mill Road.
Saturday, May 18 2013 7:23 PM EDT2013-05-18 23:23:19 GMT
A fundraiser was held Saturday in honor of Wesley Spires. Local firefighters held a boot drive to honor their fellow volunteer firefighter who remains in critical condition after he was beaten by whatMore >>
A fundraiser was held Saturday in honor of Wesley Spires. Local firefighters held a boot drive to honor their fellow volunteer firefighter who remains in critical condition after he was beaten by what investigators said was a bat along the Augusta Riverwalk on May 3rd.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 7:05 PM EDT2013-05-18 23:05:19 GMT
Instead of spending the day at the computer, some Augustans spent their day learning about it. People gathered at the Imperial Theater for Web Afternoon. Mayor Deke Copenhaver gave remarks about Augusta'sMore >>
People gathered at the Imperial Theater for Web Afternoon. Mayor Deke Copenhaver gave remarks about Augusta's growth in the technology sector.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 5:55 PM EDT2013-05-18 21:55:44 GMT
Michael Robert Bradford, an employee of DynCorp International, has been killed in Afghanistan.Bradford was a Grovetown resident, according to information from a DynCorp spokesperson.The spokesperson toldMore >>
Michael Robert Bradford, an employee of DynCorp International, has been killed in Afghanistan.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 2:47 PM EDT2013-05-18 18:47:31 GMT
Georgia Power crews are working to fix power lines at William Few Parkway and Knob Hill that were struck from a car crash around 9 a.m. Saturday. Columbia County dispatch said two cars were involved withMore >>
Georgia Power crews are working to fix power lines at William Few Parkway and Knob Hill that were struck from a car crash around 9 a.m. Saturday.More >>