I recently returned myself. Luckily I kept my old character so I didn't have to start over completely. Of course, learning to play all over again is taking me some time. It's kind of embarassing to be invited to duo with someone and not having a clue how to get there at level 63! Thankfully he was patient.
But I made it and we had a good evening of XP.
FFXI -80 RDM/69 BST
Server: Fairy (RIP)->Sylph