Last updated on 26th September 2020
Cookies are small text files that are used by websites to help recognise users between visits. Their files are stored in your web browser (which is why you may not be recognised if you switch from one browser to another).
Cookies perform several key functions, such as remembering who you are on a particular site, keeping you logged in to your account, and remembering the information you have entered in a form so you don't have to re-enter it. When used properly cookies are an asset to both website visitors and owners. They cannot be used in isolation to identify you personally, and are not viruses or spyware so will not damage your computer.
Here's a list of some of the cookies we use and what they're for:
General site session cookies e.g. _session_id (session)
These cookies are used to help you navigate between pages on the site.
Facebook cookies e.g. _fgp (3 months); fr, datr, sb, wd (90 days); reg_ext_ref, reg, _fb, _gate, reg_fb, _ref (session) These cookies are used to make it easier for you to share content from our website on Facebook. If you’re signed into Facebook, they may also be used to deliver more relevant adverts to you based on your visit to the Cruise Cruncher website.
Google Analytics cookies e.g. _ga, _gcl_au, _gid, _gat_UA-48840340-1, _gat_UA-62049960-1, IDE (2 years) These cookies are provided by Google Analytics to allow us to monitor user visits and help us make improvements to the website. In addition, they may be used to deliver more relevant adverts to you when using Google products and services based on your visit to the Cruise Cruncher website.
YouTube cookies e.g. SID, VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE, LOGIN_INFO, HSID, PREF, CONSENT, YSC, APISID, SSID, SAPISID These cookies are provided by YouTube to monitor engagement with video content provided by YouTube’s platform and embedded on our website.
Web beacons (sometimes also referred to as 'pixels' or 'web bugs') are small single pixel transparent image files. They allow website owners to know when a visitor has reached their website and are used in conjunction with cookies to allow for further website tracking. Again, these files are not viruses, but are useful in helping us to make your web surfing experience better.
Cruise Cruncher uses products and tools from various third-parties to help improve your browsing experience between websites. Third-party cookies may placed on your device by websites such as Google and Facebook, which deliver advertising based on a user’s website history. Cruise Cruncher does not control these third-party cookies. Please check the third party websites for more information about their cookies.
Advertising cookies are used to collect information about your browsing habits and to show you adverts relevant to your interests. Please note, this does not mean you will see fewer adverts without these cookies – online advertisements you see may be less relevant.
There are a number of ways in which you can prevent your browser from storing cookies. You can either set your browser so that it will not accept and store any cookies, or if you have a little more time and knowledge you are able to allow only certain ‘trusted’ sites to store cookies on your computer. These sites may include us (naturally!), or the sites that you use most frequently, e.g. for your online banking, or to catch up with the news.
It is worth bearing in mind that if you decide to delete all of your cookies then you will likely have to re-enter all of your usernames and passwords on all of the sites that you visit. Cookies can be a real asset to your web surfing experience.
The Information Commissioner’s Office (www.ico.org.uk) provides some advice about cookies and their use, but it also provides a link to ‘About cookies’ (www.aboutcookies.org.uk). This website provides even more information about cookies if you feel that this page and the ICO is not enough information for you, but it also details how you might delete any cookies that you find, and shows you how to allow those trusted sites to store their cookies on your computer.
It is easy to manage your cookies by adjusting your browser settings. For more information about cookies and how to opt-out, visit any of the following industry bodies:
European interactive digital advertising alliance – www.youronlinechoices.com
– Digital Advertising Alliance – digitaladvertisingalliance.org
– Network Advertising Initiative – www.networkadvertising.org/understanding-online-advertising