Cookie policy

1 Information about our use of cookies

1.1 This policy explains how we use cookies on this website (this “Website”). We use cookies to enable you to navigate between pages and to generally improve your user experience and to analyse how users interact with this Website. We recommend that you read our cookies policy so that you are aware of how we use them and can take steps to reject or delete the cookies if you do not agree to them being used.

1.2 Cookies are small text files stored on your device and used by website operators in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the operators of the website or certain third parties. Each cookie usually contains a unique string of characters, which allows a website to distinguish your device from other users.

1.3 We may combine information collected via cookies with information such as your IP address, the type of browser, device and operating system, for example to provide statistical information about visitors to this Website. Where this Website uses third parties cookies, you should check with the relevant third party to see how they use cookies (see section 2 below).

1.4 In this cookies policy, we use the term “cookie” to mean a cookie and any other similar technology, such as web beacons, local stored objects and pixel tags.

1.5 You can find out more about cookies at http://www.allaboutcookies.org. The user instructions for your browser or device will explain how you can control the use of cookies on your device.

2 Cookies we use

We use the following cookies:

2.1 Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of this Website.

CookiePurposeFromExpiration time
PHPSESSIDThe PHPSESSID cookie is set by the website to enable it to store state data. It is used to establish a user session and to pass state data via a temporary cookie, which is commonly referred to as a session cookie. As the PHPSESSID cookie has no timed expiry, it disappears when the browser is closed.www.northlinkferries.co.ukSession
GoogleAccountsLocale_sessionCookies enable displaying key functionality of Google maps. They are used solely on pages where maps are shown.www.google.comSession
__atuvcThe __atuvc cookie is created and read by the AddThis social sharing site JavaScript on the client side in order to make sure the user sees the updated count if they share a page and return to it before our share count cache is updated. No data from that cookie is sent back to AddThis and removing it when disabling cookies would cause unexpected behavior for users. More information on the cookies set by AddThis and how to opt out are on the AddThis websitewww.northlinkferries.co.uk2 months from set/update

2.2 Analytical/performance cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way this Website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.

CookiePurposeFromExpiration time
__utmaGoogle analytics cookie. Used to distinguish users and sessions. The cookie is created when no existing __utma cookies exists. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.google.com2 years from set/update
__utmc Google analytics cookie. Operated in conjunction with the __utmb cookie to determine whether the user is in a new session/visit.google.comSession
__utmzGoogle analytics cookie. Referral data: where the user came from. Stores the traffic source or campaign that explains how the user reached the website. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.google.com6 months from set/update
HSIDThese cookies are used by Google to generate images for maps (to show you where our jobs are) or to generate a CAPTCHA images to help protect our site from “spambots”. Without these cookies we would not be able to receive messages from you and you would not be able to see location maps. google.com2 years from set/update
NIDThese cookies are used by Google to generate images for maps (to show you where our jobs are) or to generate a CAPTCHA images to help protect our site from “spambots”. Without these cookies we would not be able to receive messages from you and you would not be able to see location maps.google.com6 months from set/update
PREFThese cookies are used by Google to generate images for maps (to show you where our jobs are) or to generate a CAPTCHA images to help protect our site from “spambots”. Without these cookies we would not be able to receive messages from you and you would not be able to see location maps.google.com2 years from set/update
SAPISIDThese cookies are used by Google to generate images for maps (to show you where our jobs are) or to generate a CAPTCHA images to help protect our site from “spambots”. Without these cookies we would not be able to receive messages from you and you would not be able to see location maps.google.com2 years from set/update
SIDThese cookies are used by Google to generate images for maps (to show you where our jobs are) or to generate a CAPTCHA images to help protect our site from “spambots”. Without these cookies we would not be able to receive messages from you and you would not be able to see location maps.google.com2 years from set/update
SSIDThese cookies are used by Google to generate images for maps (to show you where our jobs are) or to generate a CAPTCHA images to help protect our site from “spambots”. Without these cookies we would not be able to receive messages from you and you would not be able to see location maps.google.com2 years from set/update
Hogia.Bookit.Web.Language Remembers your preferences and settings when making a booking.online.northlinkferries.co.uk2 months from set/update
ASP.NET_SessionIdRemembers your preferences and settings when making a booking online.northlinkferries.co.ukSession
Bookit.Web.FromPageCodified session key for authorised users of the website login sections for use when purchasing something on the Website online.northlinkferries.co.uk2 months from set/update
CMThese cookies are set by the TripAdvisor widget at the foot of each page. The majority of these cookies are set only if the user is logged into a TripAdvisor account. They track the usage of the widget primarily for analytical purposes, although they may be used for personalisation of the user’s experience on the TripAdvisor website.
http://www.tripadvisor.com/ pages/privacy.html
tripadvisor.co.uk10 years from set/update
fbm_162729813767876These cookies are set by the TripAdvisor widget at the foot of each page. The majority of these cookies are set only if the user is logged into a TripAdvisor account. They track the usage of the widget primarily for analytical purposes, although they may be used for personalisation of the user’s experience on the TripAdvisor website.
http://www.tripadvisor.com/ pages/privacy.html
tripadvisor.co.uk3 months from set/update
NPIDThese cookies are set by the TripAdvisor widget at the foot of each page. The majority of these cookies are set only if the user is logged into a TripAdvisor account. They track the usage of the widget primarily for analytical purposes, although they may be used for personalisation of the user’s experience on the TripAdvisor website.
http://www.tripadvisor.com/ pages/privacy.html
tripadvisor.co.ukSession
roybattyThese cookies are set by the TripAdvisor widget at the foot of each page. The majority of these cookies are set only if the user is logged into a TripAdvisor account. They track the usage of the widget primarily for analytical purposes, although they may be used for personalisation of the user’s experience on the TripAdvisor website.
http://www.tripadvisor.com/ pages/privacy.html
tripadvisor.co.ukSession
ServerPoolThese cookies are set by the TripAdvisor widget at the foot of each page. The majority of these cookies are set only if the user is logged into a TripAdvisor account. They track the usage of the widget primarily for analytical purposes, although they may be used for personalisation of the user’s experience on the TripAdvisor website.
http://www.tripadvisor.com/ pages/privacy.html
tripadvisor.co.ukSession
TACdsThese cookies are set by the TripAdvisor widget at the foot of each page. The majority of these cookies are set only if the user is logged into a TripAdvisor account. They track the usage of the widget primarily for analytical purposes, although they may be used for personalisation of the user’s experience on the TripAdvisor website.
http://www.tripadvisor.com/ pages/privacy.html
tripadvisor.co.uk3 months from set/update
TAPDThese cookies are set by the TripAdvisor widget at the foot of each page. The majority of these cookies are set only if the user is logged into a TripAdvisor account. They track the usage of the widget primarily for analytical purposes, although they may be used for personalisation of the user’s experience on the TripAdvisor website.
http://www.tripadvisor.com/ pages/privacy.html
tripadvisor.co.uk2 years from set/update
TAReturnToThese cookies are set by the TripAdvisor widget at the foot of each page. The majority of these cookies are set only if the user is logged into a TripAdvisor account. They track the usage of the widget primarily for analytical purposes, although they may be used for personalisation of the user’s experience on the TripAdvisor website.
http://www.tripadvisor.com/ pages/privacy.html
tripadvisor.co.ukSession
TASessionThese cookies are set by the TripAdvisor widget at the foot of each page. The majority of these cookies are set only if the user is logged into a TripAdvisor account. They track the usage of the widget primarily for analytical purposes, although they may be used for personalisation of the user’s experience on the TripAdvisor website.
http://www.tripadvisor.com/ pages/privacy.html
tripadvisor.co.ukSession
TASocialNetworkThese cookies are set by the TripAdvisor widget at the foot of each page. The majority of these cookies are set only if the user is logged into a TripAdvisor account. They track the usage of the widget primarily for analytical purposes, although they may be used for personalisation of the user’s experience on the TripAdvisor website.
http://www.tripadvisor.com/ pages/privacy.html
tripadvisor.co.uk9 years from set/update
TATravelInfoThese cookies are set by the TripAdvisor widget at the foot of each page. The majority of these cookies are set only if the user is logged into a TripAdvisor account. They track the usage of the widget primarily for analytical purposes, although they may be used for personalisation of the user’s experience on the TripAdvisor website.
http://www.tripadvisor.com/ pages/privacy.html
tripadvisor.co.uk2 weeks from set/update
TAUniqueThese cookies are set by the TripAdvisor widget at the foot of each page. The majority of these cookies are set only if the user is logged into a TripAdvisor account. They track the usage of the widget primarily for analytical purposes, although they may be used for personalisation of the user’s experience on the TripAdvisor website.
http://www.tripadvisor.com/ pages/privacy.html
tripadvisor.co.uk2 years from set/update
SFPrThese cookies are set by the TripAdvisor widget at the foot of each page. The majority of these cookies are set only if the user is logged into a TripAdvisor account. They track the usage of the widget primarily for analytical purposes, although they may be used for personalisation of the user’s experience on the TripAdvisor website.
http://www.tripadvisor.com/ pages/privacy.html
tripadvisor.co.uk4 months from set/update
TASSKThese cookies are set by the TripAdvisor widget at the foot of each page. The majority of these cookies are set only if the user is logged into a TripAdvisor account. They track the usage of the widget primarily for analytical purposes, although they may be used for personalisation of the user’s experience on the TripAdvisor website.
http://www.tripadvisor.com/ pages/privacy.html
tripadvisor.co.uk1 year from set/update
_pk_id.2.fe42These cookies are set by the TripAdvisor widget at the foot of each page. The majority of these cookies are set only if the user is logged into a TripAdvisor account. They track the usage of the widget primarily for analytical purposes, although they may be used for personalisation of the user’s experience on the TripAdvisor website.
http://www.tripadvisor.com/ pages/privacy.html
tripadvisor.co.uk1 year from set/update
_pk_ref.2.fe42These cookies are set by the TripAdvisor widget at the foot of each page. The majority of these cookies are set only if the user is logged into a TripAdvisor account. They track the usage of the widget primarily for analytical purposes, although they may be used for personalisation of the user’s experience on the TripAdvisor website.
http://www.tripadvisor.com/ pages/privacy.html
tripadvisor.co.uk6 months from set/update
cookieconsentThese cookies are set by the TripAdvisor widget at the foot of each page. The majority of these cookies are set only if the user is logged into a TripAdvisor account. They track the usage of the widget primarily for analytical purposes, although they may be used for personalisation of the user’s experience on the TripAdvisor website.
http://www.tripadvisor.com/ pages/privacy.html
tripadvisor.co.uk9 years from set/update
wordpress_test_cookieThese cookies have no impact on your user experience, and store no personal information. These cookies are automatically added by the software that runs this websitewww.northlinkferries.co.ukSession
wp-postpassThese cookies have no impact on your user experience, and store no personal information. These cookies are automatically added by the software that runs this websitewww.northlinkferries.co.uk5 days from set/update
wp-settings-2These cookies have no impact on your user experience, and store no personal information. These cookies are automatically added by the software that runs this websitewww.northlinkferries.co.uk1 year from set/update

Google Analytics is a website analytics tool provided by Google. Data collected by the Google Analytics cookies is shared with Google and used by Google in accordance with the Google Privacy Policy [insert link to http://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/]. You can find out more about Google Analytics, and what to do if you do not want Google Analytics to be used in your browser, on the Google website

2.3 Functionality cookies. These are used to recognise you when you return to our website. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).

CookiePurposeFromExpiration time
Not available on our site

2.4 Targeting cookies. These cookies record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our website and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose.

CookiePurposeFromExpiration time
ugThis cookie is set when someone visits our site from a NorthLink internet advertisement. They help us to track the effectiveness of our online campaigns.
User data is all anonymous.
specificclick.net4 years from set/update
_drt_This cookie is used for re-targeting, optimisation, reporting and attribution of online adverts.doubleclick.net1 day from set/update
adsThis cookie is used for re-targeting, optimisation, reporting and attribution of online adverts.doubleclick.net2 years from set/update
idThis cookie is used for re-targeting, optimisation, reporting and attribution of online adverts.doubleclick.net2 years from set/update

3 Rejecting cookies

3.1 If you wish to use the Website, but do not consent to the use of cookies (or certain cookies), you can block cookies by activating the setting on your browser or device that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our Website. Links to advice on how to do this for the most popular internet browsers are provided below: –

3.1.1 Internet Explorer – http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/windows7/Block-enable-or-allow-cookies

3.1.2 Google Chrome: – https://support.google.com/chrome/bin/answer.py?hl=en-GB&answer=95647&p=cpn_cookies

3.1.3 Firefox: – http://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/Blocking%20cookies

3.2 Depending on which browser you use, you may also be able to install a Google Analytics browser add-on http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout if you wish to prevent your data from being used by Google Analytics.

4. Changes to this policy

4.1 This cookies policy may be amended by us at any time. Please check this page periodically so that you are aware of any changes.

5 Contact us

5.1 For further information from us on any of this cookies policy or for any queries relating to them, please contact us by completing our enquiry form http://www.northlinkferries.co.uk/other/contact-northlink/ or call us on 0845 6000 449 or you can e-mail us at info@northlinkferries.co.uk.

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