By Tina Burnside and Ed Payne
updated 8:07 AM EDT, Thu March 14, 2013
-- A vacation cruise aboard the Carnival Dream in the Caribbean is quickly becoming a nightmare, a month after a fire crippled another Carnival ship in the Gulf of Mexico.
Several passengers aboard the Dream have contacted CNN, telling stories of power outages and overflowing toilets, all while docked in port at Philipsburg, St. Maarten, in the eastern Caribbean.
"We are not allowed off of the boat despite the fact that we have no way to use the restrooms on board," Jonathan Evans of Reidsville, North Carolina, said in an e-mail early Thursday. "The cruise director is giving passengers very limited information and tons of empty promises. What was supposed to take a hour has turned into 7-plus hours."
The Dream was scheduled to leave port around 5 p.m. ET Wednesday.
The U.S. Coast Guard said Thursday it was notified by Carnival that the Dream is experiencing generator issues. Carnival has not requested assistance from the Coast Guard, which has no jurisdiction in the ship's current location, Coast Guard Petty Officer Jon-Paul Rios told CNN.