What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files that are automatically placed on your computer or mobile device when you visit almost any Web site. They are stored by your Internet browser. Cookies contain basic information about your Internet use, but they do not identify you personally. Your browser sends these cookies back to the site every time you revisit it, so it can recognise your computer or mobile device and personalize and improve your site experience.
We work with third party advertisers to give you access to interesting and exciting travel content through our Web site. So, as well as setting some cookies ourselves - "first party cookies", we also allow some advertisers who display advertisements on our site to set "third party cookies". These cookies record information about your use of advertisements. This helps advertisers to show you advertisements that are more likely to interest you and helps to improve your online experience.
Some cookies, called "session cookies", stay on your computer only while your Web site browser is open and are deleted automatically once you close your browser. Other cookies, called "persistent cookies", remain on your computer or mobile device after your browser is closed. This enables sites to recognise your computer or mobile device when you later re-open your browser to give you as smooth a browsing experience as possible.
What types of cookies do we use?
The cookies we use fall into 3 categories. These categories are described below. You can find further information about the cookies in each category by accessing the Cookie Consent Tool.
These cookies help you to access and move around our site and use all its essential features. Without these cookies, our website would not work properly and you would not be able to use certain important features. For example, we use a cookie to keep you logged in during your visit, so the site does not require you to log in repeatly to access different pages. We also use essential cookies for fraud detection and prevention purposes.
You will see that you cannot turn off essential cookies through the Cookie Consent Tool. The reason for this is that such cookies are necessary for you to access and use the content and features of the Web site.
Analytics and customisation cookies
Advertising cookies help ensure that the advertisements you see on our Web site are as relevant to you as possible. For example, some advertising cookies help select advertisements that are based on your interests. Others help prevent the same advertisement from continuously reappearing for you.
We also want to make it as easy as possible for you to share content from Cruise Critic with your friends through your favourite social networks. For that reason, advertising cookies include cookies that are set by social networking sites, enable such sharing to be smooth and seamless.