The preparation for the New Year's Eve in the port of Funchal sometimes takes place several months before the actual event. Upon receiving the cruise ships schedules, it's our job (toghether with the port Coordination) to place these ships in the anchorage areas and alongside in order to permit to the passengers the best view of the upcoming world famous fireworks show. Here, in a picture taken in the S. Gonçalo belvedere, around 1845 GMT of the 31st of December, we see already at anchor the cruise ships Queen Elisabeth, Aida Bella and Saga Pearl II. Alongside are the Aurora, the Boudicca, the ferry Lobo Marinho and, on the North quay, the Aida Sol. Out of the picture are still the Princess Danae and the MSC Fantasia, both of them with late ETA's to the anchorage.