In 1980, Evergreen Cruises & Tours (then was known as Evergreen Tours) started in Victoria, Australia with tours to Tasmania and other parts of Australia. One of the first Tasmania brochures had a "scratch-and-sniff" apple on the front cover. In 1988, Evergreen was purchased by the Scenic Group. This then opened up the world to more touring destinations and gave Evergreen great buying strength and the ability to pass on greater value.
In 2000, Evergreen started touring Canada & Alaska and now is one of the most successful companies out of Australia to Canada. In 2015, we sent a record number of travellers and our average customer statisfaction rating of 95%.
Listening to our clients and where they wanted to discover next, in 2008 Evergreen chartered ships on the European Rivers with independent ship partners. Our clients then wanted to venture further in the world and Evergreen started touring in South America and Africa in 2010. Now South America is Evergreen's fastest growing touring and now links with Chilean fjord and Antarctica cruising.
While we appreciated our chartered ships in Europe, we were getting feedback on how we could built a better ship including a pool and cinema. So Emerald 'Star Ships' were born. We took all our clients' feedback and build two beautiful new Emerald 'Star Ships', the Emerald Sky and the Emerald Star and as we say they are “where innovation meets indulgence”. These ships were that good they were awarded by Cruise Critic “ Best new river ships for 2014” on the first year of sailing! Testament to this fantastic design, early success and increasing demand we’ve built in two more new 'Star Ships', the Emerald Sun and the Emerald Dawn in 2015. And with Emerald Destiny coming on line in early 2017 we now can say we have “5 Star ... Ships”!
Always listening to our clients, we read and heard that they wanted to go river cruising on the Mekong. This year, we started Mekong river cruising on the brand new Mekong Navigator. One of the newest ships on the Mekong rating at very well so far.
In 2017, Evergreen launches new two custom-built ‘Star Ships’ on France’s Rhône and Saône Rivers - Emerald Liberté and Portugal’s Douro River - Emerald Radiance.
Evergreen is one of the oldest leading Australian owned cruise and touring companies helping over 80,000 Australians to Discover the World for the past 37 years.