Yes, there are many active shells still, although I'm not sure which ones are based in GMT that are still active. I found a relatively recent thread on FFXIAH tossing around some names and servers: http://www.ffxiah.com/forum/topic/30495/gmt-ls/
____________________________FFXI: Catwho on Bismarck. Once again a top bard on the server: Dardaubla 90 on 1/6/2014
FFXIV: Katarh Mest on Lamia - Member of The Swarm and leader of Grammarian Tea House chat LS Curator of the XIV Wallpapers Tumblr
I can't understand anyone who skips the cutscenes of a Final Fantasy game. That's like going to Texas and not getting barbecue.