We're delighted to report that Silver Whisper is more than halfway through a scheduled 14-day dry dock in Genoa, where the 382-guest, ultra-luxury ship is undergoing extensive refurbishment.

Workers have been busy this week performing routine maintenance on mechanical and propulsion systems as well as removing carpets, curtains, upholstery and mattresses to make way for new soft goods in the suites and public areas. Plus there are exterior enhancements in the works, such as new artificial turf for the jogging track, an upgraded Pool Grill, new deck furniture, freshly polished teak decks, and more.

Following below are photos that take you behind the scenes and show some of the early work in progress. Stay tuned for more photos and details on Silver Whisper's major renovation in the coming days.

And here's Christian Sauleau, Executive Vice President of Fleet Operations, on site checking progress under the hull:

May 19, 2010