Cookies Policy

Information related to the Cookies Policy

At www.hellenicseaways.gr we use cookies to make your experience on our site better. The use of cookies helps us improve the site’s functions, to make your browsing easier, and to assist you in your selections. Thus, we are able to provide you with personalised content and advertisements that are based on your interest and needs. In addition, cookies are used so that we can analyse our site's traffic and detect problematic pages that need improvement. Our goal is to improve our site in order to provide a continuously improved experience and services during visits by our users.

At www.hellenicseaways.gr, the primary goal is to protect the privacy of visitors to the website and, for this reason, the organisation adheres to a strict policy.

We recommend that you spend a little time to read this policy, so that you can understand the type of cookies we use, the information we collect through the use of cookies, and how this information is utilised. By using our website, you agree to the use of cookies in accordance with this policy.

What are cookies?

“Cookies” are small files with information that a website saves on a user’s computer (usually in the web navigation software such as Chrome, Opera, Mozilla, Firefox, Edge, etc.) so that every time the user connects to the website, it recovers the information in question and provides the user with services related to it. A typical example of such information includes the user’s preferences on a website as these are expressed through the selections that the user makes on the specific site (e.g. selection of specific buttons, searches, advertisements etc.)

General information regarding the classification of Cookies

Two general categories of cookies exist:

  • Technical cookies: these are necessary for the proper functioning of a website and navigation therein by the user. Without these, it is possible for the user not to be in a position to display the pages correctly or to use certain services.
  • Cookies for the creation of a profile: these are used to create user profiles for sending advertising messages according to the preferences that the user exhibits during navigation.

Cookies, either “technical” ones or those for the “creation of a profile” can be also by classified as:

  • “session” cookies which are immediately deleted when the navigation software is shut down
  • “permanent” cookies that remain in the navigation software for a specified period of time. These cookies are used, for example, to recognise the device connecting to a website, facilitating the user identification procedure
  • «“proprietary” cookies which are created and are directly monitored by the operator of the website where the user is navigating
  • “third party” cookies which are created and controlled by parties other than the operator of the website where the user is navigating.

Our Website uses “technical” cookies, and more specifically the following types of cookies:

  • proprietary cookies, session cookies and permanent cookies, which are necessary for navigation of the Website, for purposes of internal security and system management
  • third party cookies, permanent cookies that are used by the Website to send statistical information to Google Analytics, whereby the Company can conduct a statistical analysis of access/visits to the Website. The cookies used exclusively serve statistical purposes and collect information in aggregated form. By using two cookies, permanent cookies and session cookies (which expire upon shutting down of the navigation software) Google Analytics also saves a log with the times that visits to the Website commence, as well as logging out. You can block Google from collecting data through cookies and the subsequent processing of data by downloading and installing the add-on to the navigation software from the following address: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.

For third party cookies, users provide or refuse to provide their consent directly to the owner of the cookie in question, to which the Company simply refers: most third party cookies that exist on the website can be deactivated by the user through their navigation software or by directly visiting their operators’ websites by using the links referred to in the table below. In any case, we stress that the deactivation of cookies may affect your ability to use the site and/or to fully take advantage of the available functions and services.

More specific classification of Cookies with regard to their function:

  • Necessary/Functionality Cookies
    They enable the basic functions of the website, such as navigation and access to safe areas of the website. These cookies are needed for the website to function properly and serve the purpose of the user’s visit. They enable the website to “remember” the user’s choices, thus providing improved and customized functions that reflect the user’s interests.
  • Performance Cookies
    These help us understand how users use and interact with the various pages by anonymously collecting and reporting information. Thus, we are able to understand if users have any problems and if any pages need improvement. They are also used to create useful reports to generally improve our site's performance.
  • Targeting/Advertising Cookies
    These cookies are used to provide advertisements with content which is relevant to users and their interests. They may be used to send targeted advertising or personalised offers to the user. In addition, they help us measure the efficiency of advertising campaigns.
  • Social Media Cookies
    These cookies are used when a user is browsing through social networks (eg Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn) on the site and / or vice versa. This way each social network records the behavior of the individual user and can propose similar ads to him.

How to control cookies Most navigation software on the internet provide you with the ability to select whether or not you wish to use cookies. Select the navigation software you use and follow the instructions:

If you use a different browser, please refer to the provider’s information.

COOKIES CATEGORIZATION

Necessary/Functionality Cookies

Name Provider Purpose Expiry
PHPSESSID hellenicseaways.gr Language (for multilingual websites) and login status , by logging in to edit the website, for example, or to read content that is only accessible after logging in 1 year

Performance Cookies

Name Provider Purpose Expiry
_ga bookonline.hellenicseaways.gr This cookie name is associated with Google Universal Analytics - which is a significant update to Google's more commonly used analytics service. This cookie is used to distinguish unique users by assigning a randomly generated number as a client identifier. It is included in each page request in a site and used to calculate visitor, session and campaign data for the sites analytics reports. By default it is set to expire after 2 years, although this is customisable by website owners. 2 years
_gid hellenicseaways.gr This cookie name is asssociated with Google Universal Analytics. This appears to be a new cookie and as of Spring 2017 no information is available from Google. It appears to store and update a unique value for each page visited. 1 day
_gat bookonline.hellenicseaways.gr This cookie name is associated with Google Universal Analytics, according to documentation it is used to throttle the request rate - limiting the collection of data on high traffic sites. It expires after 10 minutes. a few seconds
_gclxxxx hellenicseaways.gr Google conversion tracking cookie 90 days
_gat_UA-71787238-2 hellenicseaways.com This is a pattern type cookie set by Google Analytics, where the pattern element on the name contains the unique identity number of the account or website it relates to. It appears to be a variation of the _gat cookie which is used to limit the amount of data recorded by Google on high traffic volume websites. a few seconds

Targeting/Advertising Cookies

Name Provider Purpose Expiry
_fbp gr Used by Facebook to deliver a series of advertisement products such as real time bidding from third party advertisers 90 days