Amazingly epic chapter is amazing. Rayleigh is one badass old dude. He must have taken a shine to Luffy over their training period. It's pretty much impossible not to like the guy. Perona became even more Gothic Lolita over the timeskip, and sure enough she's the reason Zoro miraculously made it back first.
Finally seeing the crew back together was great, figures Sanji would have the nosebleed of his life when he saw Nami and Robin again. He also reacted in predictable fashion to finding out Luffy got to hang out with hot babes like Hancock and Margaret for two years while he was busy being chased by okama. Chef was gold this chap.
Seeing everyone's former teachers lending them a hand was cool, and Luffy's speech to get them going on their quest to the New World was nothing short of inspiring. Strawhats For Life. Fishman Island here we come. Still wondering about the final crew member, but Brook is still freakishly awesome so I'll be able to deal until Oda sees fit to add another member. Hopefully a girl to even out the guy to girl ratio a bit more.