Thomas told the Trinidad Express she hasn’t stopped crying as her husband Dujan Thomas, a Jamaican chef who also works on the vessel, was not allowed to disembark the vessel because he is not a Trinidadian. They have been married since 2012 and her husband, a Jamaican citizen, has applied for permanent resident status since 2015.They are parents of two children, ages three and seven, and reside permanently at Freeport in Central Trinidad.
Thomas was quarantined in her room at The University of the West Indies (UWI) Debe campus after being allowed re-entry into the country yesterday.
Mrs. Thomas lamented that “Today, I came off the Disney Fantasy but my husband couldn’t. He is not a national but we have pending permanent residency. We have all our documents. We went through the interview and it was successful and we paid the bond already. We expected to return home and finally get his documents finalised. The last time we were here in November 2019 the process was ongoing. Trinidad is where we live.”
But according to the Express, Young could not care less. In a WhatsApp response, the national security minister said “the request was for 53 nationals of Trinidad and Tobago to be permitted to enter. We have been very clear that the borders are closed to nationals and non-nationals and permission was granted to 53 nationals to enter.
Consideration is being given to our nationals at this stage. Those with pending applications for residency, etc, are not nationals and accordingly are not granted exemption to enter as we are committed to dealing with our nationals first.”
Thomas said, “My kids were expecting to see mummy and daddy waving when we arrived home but it was only mummy. The ship is now going to Jamaica where (Dujan) will have to come off and stay with a relative he hasn’t seen in years. I don’t know when we will be able to see him again because as you know Jamaica has a large number of Covid-19 cases. We were really excited to come home. Our little baby’s birthday will be in August and we wanted to come home, make sure we get enough time to quarantine and be ready to celebrate as a family together.”
She added: “Most importantly, what our biggest concern was, is that we had no cases or symptoms of the coronavirus on the ship so we knew we were coming home Covid-free. We finished our contract since March and have been quarantined on board since then just waiting to return home. My husband had no issue being placed into quarantine either. We chose this career on the cruise ship because our childhoods weren’t easy so we wanted to make a difference for our children. It was a sacrifice we had to make. We have been away for many special occasions such as Christmas and Mother’s Day and we really just wanted to have this family time together now.”
- Countries: Trinidad_Tobago