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Cookie Policy

By ashgoodman last modified Jul 19, 2018 08:51 PM

Last Updated July 19, 2018

What are Cookies?

Cookies are small data files that are downloaded by your web browser and stored on your computer or mobile device when you visit a website or use an online service.  Cookies are used to make websites and services work, or to work better, as well as to provide analytics information.

Examples include storing your preferences for a website, Google analytics, interactive content like YouTube videos and advertising.

Cookies placed by the website you are visiting are called first-party cookies.

The website you are visiting may also make use of third-party services, such as analytics, embedded videos from YouTube or integrations with social networks like Facebook. Cookies set by these third-party services are called third-party cookies.

Third party cookies enable these third-party features to work on or through the website. The services that set these third party cookies can recognize your computer both when it visits the website in question and also when it visits certain other websites.

Why do we use Cookies?

Technical reasons require some cookies for our website and services to work.  We refer to these as “required” cookies.

Other cookies enable us to monitor how our visitors use our website and services to add value and enhance the users experience on our website.   Third parties serve cookies through our websites for advertising, analytics and other purposes such as performance, security, and functionality.  You will find more about this below.

What Cookies are served through our websites and services?

The specific types of first and third-party cookies served through our website and services and the purposes they perform:

Required cookies:

These cookies are required to provide you with services available through our website and services and to use some of their features, such as the ability to sign in and access to secure areas.

They are served by our websites:

  • www.worldcruising.com
  • www.oceancrewlink.com
  • www.noonsite.com

Because these cookies are needed to deliver the websites and services to you, you cannot refuse them.

You can block or delete them by changing your browser settings, however, as described below under the heading “How you can control Cookies”.

Performance and functionality Cookies:

These cookies are used to improve the performance or add functions to our websites and services but are not required for their use (for example collecting performance and error data). However, without these cookies, some functionality may not work.

Our websites may serve these cookies from these third-party websites:

  • Cloudflare – security, website speed and performance
  • New Relic – website health and status
  • Pingdom – website uptime status

To refuse these cookies, please follow the instructions below under the heading “How you can control Cookies”

Analytics or customization cookies:

These cookies collect data that is used to help us understand how our websites and services are used, how effective our marketing campaigns are, or to help us customize our websites or services for you.

These cookies are served by:

  • Our websites:
    • www.worldcruising.com
    • www.oceancrewlink.com
    • www.noonsite.com
  • Google Analytics: https://analytics.google.com/
  • Matomo: https://matomo.org/

To refuse these cookies, please follow the instructions below under the heading “How you can control Cookies”

Advertising cookies:

These cookies are used to make advertising messages more relevant to you.  They also perform functions like ensuring that ads correctly display for advertisers, and in some cases selecting advertisements based on your interests.

  • Google
  • Amazon

To refuse these cookies, please follow the instructions below under the heading “How you can control Cookies”

Social networking cookies:

These cookies are used to enable you to share our content that you find interesting through third-party social networking and other websites.  These cookies may also be used for advertising purposes.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter

To refuse these cookies, please follow the instructions below under the heading “How you can control Cookies”

How you can control Cookies:

You have the right to decide whether to accept or refuse cookies.

You can change your web browser settings to accept or refuse cookies. If you choose to refuse cookies, you may still use our websites and services through your access to some functionality and areas of our sites may be restricted.   As the means by which you can refuse cookies through your web browser controls vary from browser-to-browser, you should visit your browser’s help menu for more information. Here are the relevant information pages for most popular web browsers:

Most advertising networks also offer a way to opt out of targeted advertising.  If you would like to find out more, please visit:

Web Beacons

We may also use web beacons (sometimes called “tracking pixels” or “transparent gifs”).

These are tiny image files in our website or emails.  They allow us to monitor the traffic from one page within our website to another, to track access to the communications we send you, to improve site performance and other reasons related to improving our websites and services or marketing.  Often these are reliant on cookies to function correctly, and declining cookies will impair their functioning.

Local storage in HTML5 and Local Shared Objects (aka Flash cookies) may also be used on our website to enhance your experience. Examples include storing your user preferences and settings like volume/mute settings. You can manage local shared objects by following the instructions on Adobe’s help site here: https://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/disable-local-shared-objects-flash.html.